Cheadle Town 6-0 Atherton LR

"It might be one of those...where once we get one goal, we'll end up getting a hatful"

After an uneventful opening 20 minutes these words - uttered by the Mystic Meg stood next to me - were more in hope than anything else. We had huffed and puffed with only a wayward Rhys Webb effort from long-range to speak about.

When Mike Sherrington went through on 24 minutes (only to plant his effort in the keeper's midriff) there were signs that we were starting to click into gear.

Three minutes later George Blackwell gave the keeper another easy chance to save after he met a Chris Sherrington cross from the left and then drove in a cross of his own from the right only to find absolutely nobody at the end of it.

Mike Sherrington then planted a free header straight at the keeper before we finally got our reward on the 38th minute from a rather unlikely source.

Davidson Banda broke free of his left-back role and carried the ball forward. No significant challenge was forthcoming from the LR defence so before he knew it he was inside the penalty area and given - and took - the opportunity to bury at the near post.

Chris Sherrington should have extended the lead when the ball broke to him free on the left of the penalty area and George Blackwell was then unlucky to see a mazy run down the right smothered by the keeper.

On the stroke of half-time we got that two-goal lead as Liam Tongue treated us to one of his specials, cutting in from the left and rifling home from distance.

Just as we had done at Daisy Hill earlier in the week, we netted within minutes of the restart of the second half.

Mike Sherrington had made good inroads into the penalty area but seemed to get the ball trapped beneath his feet just as he was about to shoot. Following close behind him was Matthew Todd who took over and lashed home.

Thabiso Magida then went agonisingly wide with a lob on 51 minutes before we got our fourth just five minutes later thanks to a Sherrington combination: Chris crossing from the left for his brother Mike to beat his marker and head home at the far post.

Not wishing to miss out on the goalscoring fun, Rhys Webb joined in on 62 minutes when he latched onto a neat through ball from George Blackwell to drill home from inside the area.

5-0 up and in absolutely no danger, Terry Hincks made a few substitutions.

Enter Dane Smith. Usually the one who stops the goals going in, he was given the chance - as he was during the last ten minutes at Widnes - to make a nuisance of himself upfront.

With the Cheadle bench and the vast majority of the Park Road attendees willing him to score, the footballing gods gave him his wish on the 87th minute as the ball scuttled across the goalmouth and into his path with the net as his mercy.

Unfortunately this footballing fairytale wasn't to have a happy ending, as he somehow skied the ball towards somebody's back garden in Tennyson Road.

Dane Smith almost writes himself into Cheadle history

Dane Smith almost writes himself into Cheadle history

He quickly made amends. Two minutes later he provided a lovely through ball for George Blackwell to slip it in under the keeper and net our sixth; a richly-deserved goal for George as he was desperately unlucky at Daisy Hill.

The ball nestles in the net after George Blackwell scores our sixth

The ball nestles in the net after George Blackwell scores our sixth

Six different scorers, three from defence...and almost one from a goalkeeper. The (almost) perfect end to what is proving to be a perfect denouement to the season.

We take our proverbial partners for the last waltz at Silsden next Saturday.

TEAM: McIlwaine, Todd, Banda, German, Tongue, Pearson, M Sherrington (Burton), C Sherrington, Magida (Pickering), Webb (Smith), Blackwell. SUBS: Smith (gk), Dunn, Hincks, Pickering, Burton