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In wet and stormy conditions at the Airport Playing Field, second half goals from Andy McKnight and John Jefferson secured the points leaving their trail leaders St Ouen, who they meet this coming weekend, by three points.

Beeches secretary Andy Wellman said: ‘We were blown to bits; the weather was appalling and it totally influenced the game.

‘I thought Magpies out-battled us first half backed by the wind but they did not create any decent chances.

It was a similar story in the second half but in our favour and we capitalised backed by the wind.

‘Andy McKnight sent the goalkeeper the wrong way with a penalty kick, awarded following a trip, while John Jefferson sealed the win with a cracking goal – he hit a shot from 30 yards from centre midfield and it flew into the goal.

‘Magpies did have a goal correctly disallowed for offside in the second half and overall I thought we deserved to win.

We are playing well and we have a good squad.

‘However they know their limits and they were brought down to earth with a 9-0 defeat by Jersey Scottish in the Le Riche Cup last weekend.

‘There is a class difference between clubs in Division I and Division II.

St Ouen and Sporting Academics are probably the best two teams in our division and I’m sure we will be very happy if we can finish third.’

Magpies’ defeat leaves them with just one point taken from their last six games.

Jersey Scottish and Grouville shared two goals in Division I Reserves at Les Quennevais.

Andy Sangster and Toni Cardoso netted for the Scots and the parish side respectively.

Lady Bingham Trophy holders Portuguese Club Reserves defeated Magpies Reserves 4-1 at Les Quennevais to move into the semi-finals.

Joao Mendonca, Antonia Antunes, Manuel Alves and Victor Antunes registered for the winners and Ian McCoy for the losers.

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