REPORT: Squires Gate 4-0 Whitchurch Alport
Squires Gate returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon in a controlled performance from Andy Clarkson's men.
Following a Boxing Day loss to Charnock Richard that ended Gate's six game unbeaten run, Gate were looking for a reaction from this game and they certainly got one.
Gate made four changes to the side from Boxing Day, Adam Sumner and Dean Ing were unavailable, Joey Mullen and Jordan Salthouse also dropped out to the bench. Defender Dave Rossall came back into the side after recovering from injury whilst a return to the side for Ric Seear after his ban and the two Ryan's, Charnley and Riley into midfield.
Gate opened the scoring near enough straight from kick off as they looked to take the game to the visitors. Riccardo Egidi showed great strength to hold off his man inside the box before keeping his composure and firing past the keeper.
Alport had the chance to equalise on the 18th minute but were denied by a fine save from Ben Fletcher, he reacted point blank to deny Alex Hughes inside the six yard box. They then looked to capitalise on sloppy Gate defending when they took aim first time in the 24th minute but fired over the bar.
Gate through were more clinical down the other end and doubled their lead 25 minutes in. A lovely ball down the line by Seydou Bamba found the run of Ryan Charnley, he crossed into the box which looped over the keepers head to find Ric Seear arriving late at the back post to head in.
Ben Reader came close when he was found in the box from James Boyd's corner, but he headed wide.
Some clever passing from Sam Staunton - Turner and Ryan Charnley just before half time saw the latter turn his man but his pass looking for Ric Seear saw the forward flagged offside.
Half time: Squires Gate 2-0 Whitchurch Alport
The second half started as the first had finished with Gate still applying the pressure looking for a third goal. That opportunity came just a minute into the second half when Ric Seear was brought down in the box. The striker dusted himself down and stepped up to take the spot kick but was matched by keeper Parton who guessed the right way.
After another good spell of possession from Gate, Young full back Dan Gray sent a teasing ball low into the six yard box but nobody in Blue could meet the cross.
Riccardo Egidi came close to grabbing his second of the game 56 minutes in as Gate got closer to a third. Ryan Riley started off the move beating three men before finding the striker, he chipped the ball over the keeper but the ball scraped just the wrong side of the post.
The goal eventually did come for Gate through James Boyd. He was found in the box when Ryan Charnley lobbed the ball over the Alport defence he took the shot first time on the volley to beat the keeper.
Ryan Charnley then tried to get in in the act three minutes later when he took aim from 30 yards out. His long range effort cannoned back off the crossbar though, a sure goal of the season winner had it gone in.
A fourth came for Gate in rather comical circumstances. James Boyd sent a crossfield ball looking for the run of Ryan Riley, the ball was intercepted by the left back who played it back to the keeper but the lads had too much on it and rolled past Parton into the empty net.
The win for Gate moves them back upto joint fifth in the league. Another tough test awaits them though as a double header with top of the league City of Liverpool is up next, starting away on Saturday.
Gate: Fletcher, Gray, Rossall, Reader, Bamba, Staunton-Turner, Charnley, Riley, Boyd, Egidi, Seear. Subs: Mullen, Salthouse, Clarkson
Report by Mark Ashmore