Weakened Hooley Struggle In Poor Conditions Against Villa

February 19, 2012

Hooley Bridge Celtics firsts were on the wrong side of a 5-1 thrashing at Heywood Leisure Centre on Saturday.

They found visitors Cheadle Hulme Villa too strong and too committed in atrocious conditions that included a howling wind and some shocking hail.

Hooley were without their star striker Ashford Blake – who didn’t turn up – and they lacked his pace and menace in the left wing-forward position and they far too often struggled to offer an attacking threat.

Hooley’s problems came out wide, where they have been exposed too often in recent times.

They went down 2-0 early on and only sporadically offered an attacking threat. However, there was no doubting they scored the goal of the game when Martyn Bennett broke down the right, outpaced the Villa defence and calmly chipped a sublime finish over the visiting keeper.

But in a game that was always on a short fuse – there were a couple of angry scuffles and a minor head-butt from the visiting keeper that could have seen a visiting player dismissed – Hooley couldn’t cope with Villa’s power and they went on to win by what was not really a flattering margin.

The result leaves Hooley sitting third bottom and being dragged into the relegation zone.

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