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Valuable warm-up as town prepare for return to fray

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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Staffordshire County Senior League

CHEADLE Town were without a Premier Division fixture at the weekend but return to action with a visit to Florence this Saturday (2pm).

Five members of the first team squad were given a run-out in the reserve team fixture at Stone Old Alleynians in Division Two.

They were centre back John Evans, centre forward Harry Smith, midfielders Mark Kent and Rob Heath, and winger Sam Gavin, who is making a comeback after suffering a serious knee injury.

Youngster Smith posed a constant threat to the home defence and won two penalties – one was converted and the other missed.

John Adams converted the first spot kick after 32 minutes, but then saw a later attempt well saved.

Cheadle were unlucky not to have changed ends at least three goals up after Wood twice struck the bar with headers.

Stone levelled the scores through Sam Fares in the 65th minute after the Cheadle defence was caught square.

Dale Pointon looked to have stolen the points for Stone when he capitalised on another lapse by the Cheadle back line.

However, Cheadle were rewarded for their persistence when a deflected 30-yard effort from Evans found its way into the top corner of the net.

Cheadle's director of football Alan Beaman said afterwards: "It was a good opportunity for five of the first team squad to stretch their legs ahead of Saturday's important game at Florence.

"We appear to be turning the corner after a difficult start to the season, which saw us play five away games out of six.

"The lads are starting to tick over again and our recent 7-2 win against AFC Leek Town will have boosted their confidence.

"I'm especially pleased with the form up front of the young lad Harry Smith.

"But we need to strengthen our midfield a little after losing Mark Hodson to Uttoxeter Town."

The club are also hoping to add to their coaching staff.

"Someone with experience would be ideal to help us fulfil our ambitions," said Beaman.

Anyone interested should contact Beaman on 07976 427501.

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