30 Aug 2017 in Match Reports
A five goal thriller at The Ashton Town stadium, saw Wythenshawe claim back to back away victories and go three games unbeaten in the league.
The visitors started the better side and had a chance to take the lead on five minutes when Leon Grandison met Ash Leather’s cross but his header went just inches wide of Thomas Goodwin’s goal. Grandison then had another glorious opportunity on 25 minutes when he combined well with Dan King and after receiving the ball back on the edge of the area, he saw his goal bound effort well parried away from Goodwin in the Ashton goal.
Two minutes after and Wythenshawe had another opportunity, this time it was Ben Pond who was playing just in front of the back four with the opportunity. After Wythenshawe won a free kick inside the centre circle Richard Gresty put a ball into the box and Pond rose highest but his header was straight at Goodwin who was able to make an easy save.
Despite controlling the game and having the better of the chances Wythenshawe found themselves a goal down on 40 minutes after Isaac Kusaloka fired beyond Kelsey Robinson from the edge of the area. After a ball came in from the left Kusaloka flicked it over his head and then fired into Robinsons bottom right corner to give the hosts the lead completely against the run of play.
Halftime: Ashton Town 1-0 Wythenshawe Town
Wythenshawe started the second half the same as the first on the front foot and drew level on 46 minutes, after Ash Leather’s ball into the box was met by Leon Grandison who beat goalkeeper Goodwin to it and fired home. The visitors then doubled their lead on 58 minutes, after winger Osebi Abadaki was bought down inside the penalty area, Ash Leather stepped up and converted the spot kick sending Goodwin the wrong way.
After the penalty, the hosts began to get a foothold in the game and created a couple of opportunities, the first falling to Stephone Djedje who picked the ball up about 35 yards from goal and decided to have a shot but he saw his effort go high and wide. Just a minute later Ashton won a corner which David Dempsey took, and he picked out Jacob Ball who headed the ball goal wards only for the Wythenshawe defence to block but it fell to Ball again and he fired home from close range to draw Ashton level.
Three minutes after drawing level Ashton could have taken the lead, when first half goal scorer Kusaloka found himself clean through behind the Wythenshawe defence but his effort across goal went inches wide of Kelsey Robinsons far post.
Heading into the last ten minutes of the game, the visitors replaced Ben Pond with Joe Yarwood and the substitution proved to be a terrific move, as on 85 minutes Yarwood picked the ball up on the edge of the Ashton penalty area and curled a powerful effort into the far corner to ensure all three points where heading back to Wythenshawe.
Fulltime: Ashton Town 2-3 Wythenshawe Town
By Nick Pratt
Wythenshawe are next in action Saturday 2nd September 2017 against Manchester Central in the Manchester FA Saturday Challenge Trophy, kick off is 2pm.