March 28, 2013 by Matthew Bradley
Craig Hoyland stole the show as a young Greenalls side mainly consisting of reserve team players secured a 4-0 rout over Pilkington.
The impressive performance of the team will no doubt be leaving manager Dave Bush with a genuine selection headache. Three goals from colossus striker Hoyland helped Greenalls to victory, Neil Sutch also got onto the scoresheet with a fantastic finish to secure all 3 points for the Green men.
The first half was controlled by Greenalls through patient passing and solid defending. The exciting midfield duo of Neil Glendinning and Glen Percival threaded many accurate passes for Robbie Hanley and Neil Sutch to trouble the opposition defence, a great darting run by Hanley was controversially flagged for offside after the striker hit the post with his effort.
On the 44th minute Greenalls best first half chance was made when a through ball to Paul Benns created a one on one opportunity, Pilkington keeper Aaron Cameron stood big and saved brilliantly. Greenalls went into halftime with high spirits after a superb first half performance.
The second half started with the home side on top again, passing the ball around the park with ease, ultimate possession football. Craig Hoyland on the 52nd minute picked the ball up with confidence from the half way line and took two players on before shooting into the back of the net, with the aid of a major deflection.
Going into the lead spurred on the Greenalls onslaught and more dazzling runs from Benns and Sutch were found through great passing by Percival in the midfield. One pass in particular found a fleet footed Danny Wilcock who drove at the defence and was upended in the box for a stonewall penalty. Hoyland stroked home to make the game 2-0 with a composed finish from the spot.
At this point Greenalls were in control of the game, tough tackling Joe Woods and Alex Hardman provided a solid defence for a clean sheet as the back four never looked out of place, coping well with the endeavour of Pilkington’s most dangerous player, David McNamara . On the 70th minute a free kick was awarded for Greenalls, 30 yards away from goal, freekick specialist Hoyland stepped up and smashed the ball hard and low past the Pilkington keeper to make it 3-0, a wonderful goal.
Great passing within the midfield led to an opportunity for Benns who couldn’t find the back of the net, however Neil Sutch could. A pinpoint cross from heavily involved Hoyland found the forward 12 yards from goal, and he calmly volleyed the ball top corner of the net. A well deserved goal for his constant work rate all game.
The full time whistle went not long after, a fantastic victory for Greenalls, pushing the Warrington side into 5th place in the league, on the heels of 4th place Middlewich Town with five games in hand.
Greenalls go into Monday’s Guardian Cup final with huge confidence and form, the game is held at Warrington town FC at 11am on Monday 1st April. Entry is free for the biggest game of the year in the Warrington footballing calendar.