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Staffordshire County Senior League Premier Division

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 30, 2014

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MANAGER Mark Alcock looked shell-shocked at half-time after seeing his Cheadle side concede five goals during a devastating 15 minute period.

The visitors started well and kept good possession with Cheadle hardly entering their opponents half.

Cheadle were able to hang on until the 22nd minute, when a cross from the left saw Josh Graham move behind the Cheadle defence to head in unchallenged at the far post.

Lee Hughes crossed again from the left in the 27th minute for Mark Graham to make it 2-0 for the Abbey.

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A free kick taken on the edge of the Cheadle goal area was then delivered for Mark Graham to fire in the visitors third goal.

With Cheadle failing to find a response worse was to come for the hosts.

Josh Graham was given the freedom to head home a deep corner kick from the edge of the Cheadle goal area and then complete his hat-trick in the 38th minute with a simple tap in.

Simon Copestake provided the cross from the left to the near post following a good run down the right flank.

With score 5-0 at half-time it was a matter of the players to fight for their own pride on the resumption.

Cheadle did not start on winning ways until after Christmas last season and then embarked on an unbeaten run.

However, this time around the forward line will miss the contribution of top scorer Alex Wood, who has gone to America for three years .

Adam Cartlidge, who moved up to the central role, is missed as a central defender, as the Abbey's Josh Graham illustrated with his unchecked movements.

New signings are on the cards to strengthen the Cheadle squad, so there is some light at the end of a presently seemingly dark tunnel.

Cheadle came out in the second half in a more positive frame of mind and created an early goal. Sam Gavin crossed from the left for Adam Cartlidge head in at the far post.

Mark Graham had a great chance to complete his hat-trick but placed his shot into the Cheadle keeper's hands.

Luke Birkinshaw was forced to make a good save in the 70th minute, diving low to push a firm shot from Cartlidge around the post after Dan Carr had set up the chance.

However, Josh Graham restored the Abbey's five-goal advantage when heading home from a corner kick in the 61st minute. Gary Peach denied the Abbey a seventh goal from the penalty spot in the 80th minute by pulling off a fine save. Young Will Hudson did his best to produce pace in the Cheadle side and brought a good save out of the Abbey keeper with a low drive in the 85th minute, but this game was well won by an Abbey side in far better shape than Cheadle.

Cheadle are away to Brereton Social tonight (Wednesday), kick off 6.30pm

This Saturday, Newcastle Town are the visitors top Thorley Drive, kick off 2.30pm.

Cheadle Town: Gary Peach.Charlie Goldstraw.Dale Taylor.Jon Evans (cpt).Adam Cartlidge.Rob Heath.

Paul Callear.Peter Johnson.Sam Gavin.Mark Espley.Dan Carr.Will Hudson.Alex Samson.Kyle Morrison.

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