Wilmslow Men 1st 0 Bowdon Men 2nd 5
With a good crowd in the new stand, Wilmslow had a chance to go level on points with Bowdon at the top of the North Division One table. The game started tentatively with both teams trying to get into their flow. It was Bowdon who were looking more dangerous and Simon Pickering made a sharp save in the Wilmslow goal to keep the game goalless 15 minutes in.
Bowdon took the lead only 2 minutes later though with a sharp finish after a quick counter attack. Wilmslow struggled to get a foothold in the game in the first half although managed to scramble to half time without any further damage to the scoreline.
Bowdon came out of the blocks quickly in the second half and doubled their lead within 30 seconds of the restart. Another quick fire goal left Wilmslow facing an almost impossible task with just under half and hour left.
To their credit, the men in orange did summon some urgency and start to impose themselves on the game. A flurry of second half short corners offered repeated opportunities to spark a comeback, but in a similar story to recent weeks, Wilmslow couldn't convert their short corner chances.
Bowdon punished Wilmslow for their wastefulness with two late goals.
On the run of play Bowdon were worthy winners but were flattered by the scoreline
Next up for Wilmslow is a trip to Preston as the men in orange look to get their promotion bid back on track.
Mens 2nd lost a bad tempered match 2-4 against Bramhall 1st team. The home team crowd made it clear just what this local derby win against Wilmslow second string meant to them. The 3rd team lost 1-5 against league leaders Bowdon 4s. The 4s lost by the same score to Sandbach 2nds and to complete an uncharacteristically miserable day for the mens teams, the 5s, with its new record age range of 13-72, went down to Bramhall 3s 3-6
Ladies 1st had a tough game against national league club, Bowdon's second team, eventually going down 2-6
Ladies 2nds held league leaders Alderley 3s to a creditable 1-1 draw but the 3s lost to a strong Bowdon 4s side.
The result of the day was the Ladies 5th 7-1 home victory against Golborne 4s in the first game in front of the new stand at Styal.