Do-it-yourself boss a handy man for Gate

Maine Road 1, Squires Gate 2 A LATE goal by player-manager Russ McKenna earned Gate their first win of 2011.

The low sun posed problems for both keepers in the first half – and both pulled off point-blank saves as each side had chances.

Scott Harries, and Dave McCann both had great opportunities for Gate only to be denied by Maine Road keeper Andrew Jones.

Andy Harvie, playing at right-back, was a big threat for the visitors going forward.

Gate keeper Neil Beesley pulled off his share of heroics too, particularly to deny home striker Liam Beckford, who finally made the breakthrough a minute before half-time when he scored on the rebound following a Beesley save during a spell of Maine Road pressure.

It was Gate who piled on the pressure in the second half, resulting in a 67th-minute equaliser following a burst down the left and cross from Chris Bennett.

Scott Harries was first to the ball but he let it run through to Kenny Mayers, who in turn passed for Ben Fishwick, to give the keeper no chance.

McKenna replaced the injured Alex McKendrick and took a grip on the midfield.

The manager also netted the winner three minutes from time. Harries was the instigator down the left, releasing McKenna through a retreating defence to crash the ball home.

Gate remain seventh in the Vodkat premier but are now only two points behind fourth-placed Colne.

Gate: Beesley, Harvie, Thomas, McCann, Benfield, McKendrick, Lewis, Fishwick, Bennett, Mayers, Harries; subs: McKenna, Adjei, Horn.