27 Mar 2022 in News
Saturday, March 26th
Charnock vs Wythenshawe Town match report (1-4)
Wythenshawe maintain unbeaten league form after dispatching Charnock Richard in clinical fashion on Saturday.
Goals from Jan Palinkas, Darius Palma, and a superb display from Wythenshawe’s top scorer, Matty Bryan, whose form in front of goal and tireless work throughout proved too much for Charnock’s backline, bagging a brace in the process.
Victory on Saturday means Town have give themselves a three point lead over fourth placed Charnock, with just two remaining fixtures.
Wythenshawe made the most of the first half opportunities, scoring twice in quick succession, which give Charnock an uphill task.
Ryan Donnellan’s side only mustered a singular chance in the early stages, after some intricate play between their frontline resulted in Nathan Nickeas being slipped in on goal, who appeared to lose his footing as he struck the ball the wrong side of Morgan Bacon’s post. Despite the Wythenshawe keeper bearing down on the Charnock forward, it was still an excellent chance for Nickeas to open the scoring nonetheless, it was a miss that would come back to haunt the home side.
The missed chance appeared to onot excel Towns aggression on the ball, as an on form Matty Bryan linked up with Brad Byrne for a quick one two on the edge of the penalty area, before the forward struck a firm low strike across his body into the bottom corner, opening the scoring for Town.
Wythenshawe then quickly raced into a 2-0 lead, after winning a free kick near the halfway line, Steve Hewitt’s sumptuous delivery was met by Jan Palinkas, deep into the penalty area, whose header from close range proved too much to handle for Connor Eastham in the Charnock goal. The keeper managed to get a solid hand to Palinkas’ header but couldn’t divert the ball the other side of the post.
Towards the end of the opening forty-five, after some sustained pressure, Charnock forged their best chance of the half. A lofted ball from the right-hand side of the penalty area found Carl Grimshaw at the back post, whose left footed volley smashed against the crossbar, before cannoning back out for a throw in.
Just before the half time whistle, Town had a fantastic chance to put the game to bed. Matty Bryan found himself running at the Charnock back line before threading in Darius Palma. Palma was one on one but didn't connect properly and sent his strike wide of the mark.
The second half started fairly quiet but was kicked in to life when Charnock pulled one back midway through the second half. The ball fell to Nick Nickeas’ on the edge of the box, his deflected volley struck Carl Grimshaw, diverting the ball away from Morgan Bacon and into the back of the net, giving the home side a lifeline.
However Wythenshawe responded as every top team does, by answering with a goal of their own straight from kick off, after a loose ball over the top of the Charnock defence, with little threat, managed to cause mass confusion between the Charnock defenders and goalkeeper Connor Eastham. Darius Palma then benefitted from the lack of communication, as he nipped in, stealing the ball from the keeper’s grasp, and slotting the ball into an empty net.
Bryan then nearly added to his tally with a moment of magic, as he turned and hit a powerful left footed volley, outside the penalty area, struck the far post with Eastham stranded. Bryan’s performance warranted this effort finding the back of the net, which surely would have been regarded as a late contender for goal of the season.
Bryan’s stellar display was then topped off by his second of the match, after being slipped in down the right-hand side, and breezing past the home side’s defence, he managed to slide the ball under the keepers’ legs, and into the back of the net, giving the visitors a 4-1 lead much to the following supports delight.
With just two games remaining, James Kinsey’s side will be looking to finish the season off strongly. The fans will be essential in Town gaining maximum points from both Tuesday’s and Saturday’s league fixture. The support on Saturday was once again fantastic, and we hope to see as many of you present once more for our next fixture on Tuesday, as we host Northwich Victoria at Ericstan Park.