Weekend of Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December:
High Lane v Woodley Albion
The first home game for a good few weeks and another great result. The pitch was really heavy which made passing, running and traction really tough but both teams managed to play some good passing football. The first half was fairly evenly balanced with chances at both ends. After a relatively slow start we managed to take the lead with 2 well taken goals although Woodley pulled one back just before half time taking us into the break with a 2-1 lead.
The second half was the turning point for us with flurry of goals giving us the lead we needed. Penalties were awarded at each end, fortunately we managed to convert ours with a well delivered shot to the bottom left corner. Another world class save by our keeper prevented Woodley from pulling one back from their penalty. With spells of excellent passing, solid defending and great communication across the whole side we finished the game with a 7-1 win. Another great result – back to Cheshire Cup action in Merseyside next week.
Won 4-3 vs Blue Star, good performance but a slightly strange match as they were short on players so we lent them three for each game.
Lost 3-1 vs Cheadle & Gatley, battled really hard against a team who are pretty much the best in the League but came up a bit short. They had a guy in midfield who ran the show, scored two and was then promptly scouted by Everton!
Weekend of Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November:
Bollington United Eagles v High Lane (Stockport Metro League Cup – 1st Round)
The first round of the league cup won and now onto the 2nd round. In contrast to last week we had great weather and with another great 3G pitch the lads had a perfect opportunity today to play quality football. Despite a fairly slow start in the first half we eventually found our rhythm and went to on secure a convincing 6-1 win. No controversial decisions today, just good quality football with Bollington holding their own for the first 30 mins until we pinched our first goal from a very well delivered corner taking us into half time with a 1-0 lead.
The lads used the lead to start the second half much more relaxed which with good spells of play leading to our second goal. Bollington fought back and found some form to close the gap taking the score to 2-1. Shortly after came our best spell of the game with some quality passing and possession giving us the confidence to press Bollington back into their half and further extend our lead with some first class goals. The lads kept their discipline maintaining the 6-1 lead to full time. Another great result – back to league matches next week.
Under 12s had a mixed morning yesterday.
“B” Team acquitted themselves well against a lively Didsbury side but after a great effort from the Keeper and Defence we let ourselves down in other areas of the park failing to score and eventually losing 4 – 0. 2 goals late on as we pushed to get on the scoresheet but all in all they deserved the win but we took plenty of positives.
“A” Team won again, this time 5 – 4 vs Barnes Athletic but after being in total control at 4-2 rather made it difficult for ourselves allowing them to draw level at 4 – 4 before we scored a decent winner with a couple of minutes left. Plenty to work on in training but great to win again!
Weekend of Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November:
Open Age Saturdays
High Lane 1sts 4 – 0 Abacus Media
Richardson x 2
Abacus turned up having only lost once in the league since the beginning of September, with a reputation of being a team with bags of goals in them having bagged 33 in their previous 8 games.
Wow….think that sums up my feelings on our performance. Totally dominated for 60 mins prior to going 4-0 up, with 2 in the first half coming from a tap in from top scorer James Williamson, laid on a plate by Liam Fitzpatrick and a fine individual goal from Carl ‘Taxi’ Richardson, who slotted bottom corner having beaten 3 men on the edge of the box.
2nd half followed a similar pattern of dominance with Leeson smashing one home from 20 yards out as the ball was only half cleared from a free kick, before Taxi unleashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the D clipping the post on the way past the keeper.
Hillgate 1sts 2 – 3 High Lane 2nds
Woodchurch United v High Lane (Cheshire Cup – 2nd Round)
The circumstances of a cup match do not get much tougher than the lads faced today. An away fixture in Merseyside, on a very cold and windy day, with a last minute change of fixture and for more than half of the game playing with 10 players following a controversial decision. With this in mind it was a real achievement to come away with a close 3-2 win to take us into the 3rd round of the Cheshire Cup.
We started the game really positively and took the game to the home team – a team we have not encountered before. We dominated play for the first 15 minutes with some great chances leading to our first goal, shot from just outside the box. The balance of play started to even out but we managed to extend our lead, forcing an error from the oppositions keeper, taking us to 2-0. With pressure mounting from the opposition we conceded a goal just prior to the first of two controversial decisions – which lead to one of our players being sent off just before half time.
The second half started with Woodchurch piling on the pressure given we were a player down but the lads dug deep, absorbed the pressure and defended very well. We continued to press where we could and still created chances leading to the second controversial decision. Our striker being brought down in there penalty area by the oppositions keeper giving us a penalty which was converted with precision. We maintained our 3-1 lead until the last minute when Woodchurch pulled one back. We finished the game with a well earned 3-2 win taking us into the 3rd round of the cup.
Weekend of Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November:
Open Age Saturdays
Signol 0 – 5 High Lane 1sts
A Jarad x4
Signol away on the huge top pitch at Stockport Sports was always going to play into our hands. Signol started brightly on the front foot, chasing down every lost cause and trying to close us high up the pitch. They made us work hard, very hard for the win. With top scorer Williamson away, big Jaz was asked to step uto the plate….and he did exactly that with a Drogba-esq performance, closing high up the pitch & holding the ball up superbly. Took 25minutes for the Lane to break the deadlock, which came from a Heginbotham cross after excellent build up play for Jaz to notch his first of the day. Similar was to follow, with us using the full width of the pith to get plenty of one on ones with their full backs creating a number of chances, before Jaz got on the end of a though ball to make it 2.
Change at half time saw Murphy come on to play against his boyhood team & he bossed it. Everything in the second half seemed to go through Murphy, who gave a passing masterclass in the middle of the park. Further goals from Jaz & Cooke put the game beyond doubt before another fantastic flowing move saw ‘Pilch’ break down the right, whip over a cross for Jaz to throw himself at and fire a diving header into the far top corner.
9am vs Hough End .
0-5 defeat . Despite the scoreline the effort and attitude from the boys in this timeslot was outstanding. Plenty to work on in training but if the team continues showing the spirit they did today then the results will soon follow.
10:15 vs Hazel Grove .
8-1 win. Very impressive from our boys against a strong Hazel Grove team continuing an unbeaten start to the season .
Weekend of Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October:
Open Age Saturdays
Newton Heath 0-8 High Lane 1sts
Williamson x 3
D Heginbotham x 2
Parker x 2
Poor Newton Heath didn’t know what had hit them. This really could and should have been double figures in the high teens if it wasn’t for some brilliant goalkeeping and some sloppy finishing
High Lane 2nds 2 – 5 Hillgate 1sts
Great Moor County Pumas v High Lane
Another tough game for the team today resulting in what was, on balance, a fair 3-3 draw. This was inevitably going to be a tough game given both teams are competing for top spot in Division 1 but a fair result overall. We were down to a only 11 players today due to injuries and we started the game a little slow. Great Moor took the lead in the first 15 mins but the lads responded to pull us back to 1-1 shortly after with a great strike from the edge of the box. Both teams went on to create more chances but the score remained level going into half time.
Both teams started the second half with more urgency and Great Moor took the lead for the second time. The game continued with both teams reasonably balanced with opportunities to score at either end. Two controversial penalty decisions gave an extra goal to both sides, the first awarded to High Lane to bring the score level at 2-2 the second penalty gave Great Moor the lead again. With pressure mounting on High Lane to equalise and less than a minute to go until full time we cleared the ball from defence, through midfield and into one last attack down the left hand side to the touch line. An excellent cross delivered into the box gave us the chance we needed to pull back the equaliser with a clinical finish taking the score to 3-3. In the dying seconds Great Moor were awarded a free kick on the centre spot and they threw everyone forward but yet more brave saves from our keeper denied them the winner.
A valuable point won by a very determined High Lane side.
Weekend of Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October:
Open Age Saturdays
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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