Weekend of Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October:
Open Age Saturdays
Ashville FC vs High Lane 1st – Cheshire Cup (2nd round)
Ashville from the Calrsberg West Cheshire League are the holders of the Cheshire Cup for the past 2 seasons, so I think it’s safe to say, they are the best amateur team in the whole of Cheshire…….on top of that, for at least the past 5 years at least, the Cheshire Cup winners have come from their league; so we knew we had our work cut out. Add to that the fact Ashville have a contact with Tranmere, which means they train at Tranmere & use Tranmere’s fitness coaches & facilities. Very impressive set up and a good bunch of officials & players and a decent little stand for fans. (They charge for spectators!!! Had a good few there too along with a really annoying drummer).
Onto the game:
For the first 20 mins, we were 2nd to every ball, sloppy in possession and conceded 2 goals. The movement from the front 2 of Ashville was immense & causing us all sorts of problems. Then there was the flying wingers cutting inside & the giants in CM winning every header. It looked like we were in for a spanking as we could’ve been 3 or 4 down by this point instead of just 2. Thankfully we have more character in our group than to lie down aand take a spanking (Mooreside aside….you can read about that when I get round to eventually typing it up!!).
Straight from the re-start, following Ashvilles second goal, we finally started to find a bit of space on the carpet of a pitch and pass around them. 10+ passes with some awesome interchanges with new signing Ryan Murphy pulling the strings in a move involving a returning Carl Richardson, Adam Jarad. Jimmy Leeson, & Jimmy Williamson with the latter supplying the cross for Liam Ludlaim to squeeze one in from 8 yards. All this 20 seconds after conceding our second.
Tails were up, chests were out and Lane dominated for the remainding 25 minutes of the half. 35 mins in and a fantastic diag from Adam Whittaker released Dylan Heginbotham down the left, who took a touch before delivering a pin point cross onto the head of Ludlaim to bag his second of the game. Ashville were desperate for half time as we had them rattled and we had them on the ropes. On the stroke of half time another flowing move down the right gaving Leeson half a yard to fire low & hard into the bottom corner with his left foot.
Second half was a scrappy affair with Ads Whittaker & Aaron Ballinger doing their best impressions of Gandalf…..Thou Shalt Not Pass. When they did, Brad Heginbotham in net pulled off a belting save high to his right. There were chances at both ends, clearances off the line at both ends, but eventually a period of dominance from Ashville paid off as they broke down the left and headed home an equaliser with 25 to go. Ealan Lyle came on for Leeson to try to give us a fresh pair of legs, unfortunately our one and only sub.
ET was tough as they had a full bench of subs to use, whilst we had players cramping up every 5 mins. Then they broke our hearts. 7 mins to go in the second half of ET and they had an overlap on the right, Tom Avery initially stopped the attack, only for another player pick up the ball to drill it into a packed box. It was half cleared, then cleared off the line, only for it to hit Ludlaim on the back and the ball broke to an Ashville player to hammer it home from 4 yards.
Regardless of the eventual defeat and previously winning cups & leagues in the past, yesterday was probably my proudest moment with High Lane. I don’t think it’s always just about winning things, I think it’s about pushing your team to new heights, facing new challenges and stretching yourselves against the best. We stood toe to toe with Cheshire’s best, went 2-0 down, showed tremendous character & fight to take the lead and then dig in for a 3-3 away from home in 90 mins. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be in the end, but we can take confidence that we can mix it with the very best Cheshire has to offer.
Ashville 3-3 High Lane
Ashville 4-3 aet
Trafford Utd 2nds vs High Lane 2nds
Deano’s team is on a roll!!!
Having started the season as a brand new team, there’s been about 400 different players used whilst Dean has been trying to get a proper team together who will be there pretty much every week. After a mixed start to the season, boy have they found their mojo and boy have they found a striker in ‘Baldy’ who smashed in 4 yesterday taking his tally to 9 in 2 games…..from the wing.
2-1 to High Lane at HT
Trafford Utd 2nds 1-7 High Lane 2nds
Under 15s – Bollington United Eagles v High Lane
Another great result for the U15s today giving us our 4th win out of 4 league games. The game finished 5-1 to High Lane but this was, to coin the phrase, a game of two halves. We started the game very positively taking the game straight to Bollington from the whistle resulting in a superb goal from distance in the first 10 minutes. We showed good spells of composure and control of the game maintaining the pressure through the first half giving us a comfortable 4-0 lead going into half time.
The second half proved more of a challenge for us as Bollington started to gain momentum and went on to score there only goal following an unfortunate deflection from our defence putting them through on goal. Another great performance from our keeper with 3 world class saves and some brave one on one challenges prevented Bollington closing the gap. The second half was more evenly balanced between both teams and we took our chance to score our 5th and final goal with a fine header from a well placed corner. Another great result for the U15s.
High Lane 4-3 Didsbury – 6 wins out of 6 wins
High Lane 5-4 SFC Manchester
2 wins with a lot of kids away this week due to scouts
Weekend of Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October:
Definitely the toughest game so far this season against tough opposition – Broadheath who were winners of the Cheshire Cup 2 years ago Thankfully the rain kept away but the pitch was very heavy which made this game a real workout for the lads. A lively start from both teams resulting in chances at both ends but the deadlock was broken when a first half volley from a corner gave us the lead we needed. The second goal came from another set piece which took us into half time 2-0 up. The second half saw Broadheath push to get back in the game but we dug in and defended well to protect our lead until we conceded the only goal from the away team. Despite relentless pressure from the opposition we still managed to create chances but just couldn’t increase our lead. Broadheath came close to equalising with minutes to go but some great defending frustrated the opposition and kept us in the lead. A well deserved 2-1 home win taking us to the next round of the cup.
Weekend of Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October:
Another dominant performance with a 10-2 away win against Woodley Albion. A disappointing start saw us concede an early goal to Woodley but the lads quickly put that behind them and pressed Woodley into their own half for most of the first half creating chance after chance leading to a comfortable 4-1 lead at half time. The second half allowed us to extend our lead finishing the game with a 10-2 lead.
High Lane 10-0 Queensgate
Weekend of Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September:
First home game of the season and the lads continued their winning ways with a dominant 7-0 against Richmond Rovers. The larger pitch suited our style of football allowing us to use the space and create chances. A dominant first half performance took us into half time with a 2 goal lead. From the whistle in the second half the team showed their determination, organisation and discipline resulting in a further 5 goals. Another clean sheet for the team thanks to some great saves and a very well organised defence.
High Lane 6-3 Rose Hill
1st Place! 3 wins out 3
Weekend of Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September:
Fantastic start to the season with a 3-0 away win against Juno United, joint division 1 winners with us last year. This was always going to be a tough match and both teams worked hard throughout. We took a 1-0 lead in the first half & we kept a clean sheet thanks to the first of 3 world class saves by our keeper. The second half proved equally tough but the team worked hard together, kept their composure and remained disciplined with strong performances from everyone. We came close to conceding with about 10 mins to go but again our keeper pulled off another great save to keep a clean sheet. We sealed the deal with 2 great finishes in the last few minutes to give us a 3-0 result. Man of the match awarded to our keeper for his outstanding saves.
2-1 win against the ST Johns, wasn’t the best game, wasn’t the best performance but every team needs to win ugly at times.
High Lane 6-2 St Johns
Weekend of Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September:
Open Age Saturdays
1st continued our good run of form without our 1st choice keeper & top goal scorer at home vs Old Ashtonians.
High Lane 4-2 Old Ashtonians
Dylan Heginbotham x1
Liam Ludlaim x2
Tom Parker x1
2nds lost in a tightly fought game away vs Chorlton Villa
Chorlton Villa 3-1 High Lane
Weekend of Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August:
Open Age Saturdays
Home game vs newly promoted Newton Heath. Had some nerves thinking Lords Mayor Show & all that….Nowt to worry about tho
High Lane 9-2 Newton Heath
4 goals from Jimmy Williamson
2 from Tom Parker
1 from Liam Fitzpatrick
1 each form 2 debutants, both absolute screamers from Jake Parkinson & Luke Walker
Only 2 games in but a great start for the new season.
Weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August:
Open Age Saturdays
Season opener away to Whalley Range, who’ve won the Lancashire & Cheshire Premier League for 5 out of the last 7 seasons……A team which likes to bully the opposition. Oops, bullies just got bullied 😉
Whalley Range 1-6 High Lane
2 Goals from Jimmy Williamson
1 from Jimmy Leeson
1 each from 3 debutants Jo Ojo, Tom Parker & Liam Ludlaim