A cold yet dry afternoon saw an eager Wilmslow Men's 1s take on the feisty City of Manchester side in the first league home game of the season. After suffering a disappointing defeat in their last home game to Chester in the Cheshire Cup, the home side were keen to show that they had not lost the fighting spirit which they had worked so hard to create.
Wilmslow started steady but a strong attack from the visitors saw them take the lead inside the first six minutes. A well-executed finish from Ryan Bishop took the home team by surprise however, the Cheshire side never lost focus and battled hard to right the wrongs.
After several changes from Coach Turner, Wilmslow steadied the ship. Working together as a team they began to pick away at the Manchester side and by the end of the half had complete control of the game. The half time whistle came too soon for Wilmslow who looked as if they could have continued without an issue.
The second half started and yet again Wilmslow were firing on all cylinders. An early goal saw the home side equalise by newcomer Pete Hallinan, with an impressive top corner strike! This proved to be the turning point that they needed. Three minutes later Wilmslow struck again, this time through a timely reverse stick from yet another new player James Warburton.
This season's signings had evidently gelled with the squad, with both old and new players hopeful of a victory. After a number of corners in quick succession, debutant Bastiaan Steffens made it three through a casual finish to the right of the City of Manchester keeper. Cheers from the side-line could be heard throughout Wilmslow as both team and spectators celebrated. No sooner had the ball left the centre Wilmslow were fighting for another. Pressing forward the Orange Hurricanes whipped up a storm and found themselves well placed in the D. Steve Edmonds slotted it home this time making the score line 4-1 to Wilmslow.
Overall, Wilmslow Men's 1st team produced a very convincing performance. They are hoping the fight from the first game follows on to next week's fixture away to Colwyn Bay.
Elsewhere Wilmslow ladies first team were unlucky to lose 2-0 to Wrexham, whilst the ladies second team beat Northop Hall ladies 6-0 with goals from Fiona Jeffers, Louise Charlesworth, Jess Finney, Fiona Campbell and a brace from Rachel Payne. The ladies third team were defeated by local rivals Alderley Edge 4-1 and the fourth team beat Macclesfield 4-2. The men's second team beat Triton 6-1, and the men's third team beat Timperley an impressive 5-0 and the men's fourth team also beat Timperley 5-3. The junior boys also had a busy weekend with the under 15's drawing 1-1 against Neston South Wirral and the under 13 boys beating Deeside Ramblers 3-2.
Report by Amy Bracegirdle.