29 Dec 2018 in Match Reports
Wythenshawe Town ended the year with a five-star performance, as they ran out comprehensive winners against New Mills.
The game began evenly with neither side able to create a clear-cut opportunity, that was until on 12 minutes when Wythenshawe Town won a throw-in deep in the New Mills half, which Ben Steer launched into the penalty area and Nia Bayunu flicked on into the path of Liam Crellin-Myers to head home and give the hosts the lead.
The hosts had a terrific opportunity to double their advantage just moments later when Adam Farrand picked up the ball and drove forward 20 yards, to the edge of the area before unleashing a powerful effort but Ryan Allcock was equal to it and kept the effort out. Just a minute later New Mills went down the other end and equalised. After winning a freekick, Thomas Russell delivered, and Edward Driver met and guided his header beyond Ben Purdham and into the far corner.
After conceding Town seemed to gain control of the game and on the half-hour mark, Ryan Allcock was called into action to deny Town. Justin Pickering received the ball wide left before cutting inside onto his right foot and shooting towards the far post but Allcock denied the Town winger but failed to hold onto the shot as he could only parry into the path of Adam Farrand who shot first time but Allcock managed to also deny the Town midfielder.
Just as it looked like the two sides would go in level at the interval, Town broke through the New Mills backline and Liam Crellin-Myers found himself in the clear with only Allcock to beat but as the Town striker looked to go around the visitor’s goalkeeper he was upended, and referee Alec Ovens pointed to the spot. Penalty duty was handed to Matthew Landregan and he stepped up confidently and sent Allcock the wrong way and ensured Town were ahead at the break.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 2-1 New Mills
After the break, it was an even affair, but the half’s first real opportunity wasn’t until the 52ndminute and fell to the visitors. After a winning a corner, Luke Cotton was picked out at the far post and he struck an effort goalward, but Connor Brotherton was on the post and managed to keep the effort out.
Six minutes later Town added to their tally after Justin Pickering’s shot was blocked the ball fell into the path of Liam Crellin-Myers who was on hand to slam home from close range which was his second of the afternoon. Just after the hour mark, Pickering had another opportunity to grab a goal, when he beat New Mills fullback Ryan Cooper before powerfully hitting an effort goalward, but Ryan Allcock got down low to deny the Town winger and push it wide for a corner. From the resulting corner Town got their fourth of the afternoon when Pickering played a ball into the penalty area and centre-half Nia Bayunu rose highest and powerfully headed home his first goal for the club.
Town had the ball in the back of the net just minutes after getting their fourth when Pickering picked out Landregan in the penalty area from a free kick and the Town striker guided his header beyond Allcock but the linesman had his flag up and ruled the goal out for offside.
The action didn’t end there though as a good Town move saw them add a fifth to their tally. After Matthew Landregan kept hold of possession in the centre of the pitch, he played a ball wide to Dylan Stringer-Moth who played a ball into the penalty area and Substitute Spencer Jenkinson ran onto it and guided his effort beyond Allcock.
New Mills did manage to grab a second of the afternoon when Jordan Arklie-Young was picked out and the former Town man ran into the penalty area before firing low beyond Ben Purdham to reduce the deficit.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 5-2 New Mills
Starting XI: Purdham, Middleton, Brownhill, Bayunu, Brotherton (Sunderland, 60), Gregory, Steer, Farrand (Stringer-Moth, 66), Landregan, Crellin-Myers (Jenkinson, 73), Pickering
Subs: Sunderland, Jenkinson, Stringer-Moth, Byrne
*Town are next in action on Saturday 5th January 2018 when we are at home against Eccleshall FC. Kick-off 3pm*