08 Apr 2018 in Match Reports
A five-goal thriller at Ericstan Park, including a last-minute winner, ensured that Wythenshawe Town took all 3 points against Whaley Bridge.
The visitors could have opened the scoring on 3 minutes when Bill Sutton found Dan Gilbride unmarked in the area but his goal-bound effort was well deflected behind by debutant Daniel Brown. Whaley Bridge had another glorious opportunity to take the lead just minutes later when a ball came in from the left and Joe Burgess rose highest but he headed just over Ben Daniels crossbar.
The hosts first real chance of the afternoon came on 16 minutes when they won a free kick but Isaac Graham’s strike from range was straight at James Tattersall in the Whaley Bridge goal.
The game continued to be a close encounter with both sides both looking to for the opening goal and on 26 minutes Whaley Bridge were awarded a penalty and hat-trick hero when the sides previously met Bill Sutton stepped up but Wythenshawe goalkeeper Ben Daniels guessed right and made a great save to deny the midfielder.
Just beyond the half-hour mark, the visitors should have taken the lead when Jack Gregory was put clean through but he put his strike from inside the area just wide of the upright. It looked like it was going to be goalless at the interval but winger Ash Leather had other ideas as he received the ball and broke out down the right before unleashing a powerful effort across goal and into James Tattersalls top corner.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 1-0 Whaley Bridge
Just after the interval, Whaley Bridge had a glorious chance to draw level after a corner that was played into the box the ball fell to James Gemmill but his close-range effort rebounded off the post and Wythenshawe managed to clear away the danger.
On the hour mark, Whaley Bridge were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon after Daniel Brown brought down Adam Barlow and Bill Sutton stepped up again, this time sending Ben Daniels the wrong way and draw the visitors level. Five minutes later Sutton turned provider when he picked out Rob Newton with a free kick and Newton powerfully headed beyond Daniels to give Whaley Bridge the lead.
From here Wythenshawe went in search of the equaliser and on 84 minutes winger Ash Leather got his and the hosts second of the afternoon. After a great move, Dylan Moth found Leather in the area and he struck hard and low across Tattersall and into the far corner.
As it looked like the points were going to be shared, Wythenshawe grabbed a last-minute winner after Leather found Timmons his ball into the area was met by Dylan Moth and his touch put it into the path of Will Shawcross and he slammed home meaning that all the points were staying in Wythenshawe.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 3-2 Whaley Bridge