09 Feb 2019 in Match Reports
Wythenshawe Town scored four times on their way to a clear and comprehensive victory against Cheadle Town at Ericstan Park on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides had chances in the opening exchanges of the game, first, Wythenshawe went close when Liam Brownhill’s left-footed cross to the far post was met by Lee Gregory, but he couldn’t fully connect with it and the ball ended up in the arms of Cheadle goalkeeper Daniel Whiting. Just a couple of minutes later the visitors were on the front foot and striker Rhys Webb struck an effort from 20 yards out but it was straight down the throat of Jake Aldred in the Town goal and he was able to make a comfortable save.
Cheadle had another glorious chance on 10 minutes when a corner was played into the area by Thomas Rattigan and Town defender Liam Brownhill managed to head clear but only as far as Connor Naughton but his effort from just inside the penalty area rattled the crossbar before Jake Aldred claimed the loose ball. Five minutes later though, Wythenshawe did take the lead. After a ball was played from the right towards winger Jerome Wright, he managed to cushion it into the path of Lee Gregory who fired home from the edge of the penalty area to give the Town the lead.
Despite having the lead Town were reduced to ten men on 23 minutes when captain Chris Middleton was shown a red card for a tackle on Benjamin Brooks, but even with a one-man deficit it was Wythenshawe who had a glorious opportunity to add to their lead. Cheadle fullback Rattigan gave the ball straight to Ashley Leather and he found himself in the clear before audaciously chipping the oncoming Whiting but just as his effort looked to hit the back of the net a Cheadle defender managed to get back and clear off the line.
Town continued to look to play on the front foot and on the stroke of half-time they were rewarded with their second goal of the afternoon. After Ashley Leather managed to chase down a loose ball and keep it in play, he managed to pick out Liam Crellin-Myers in the penalty area who fired home from close range.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 2-0 Cheadle Town
It was Wythenshawe who were on the front foot after the interval and centre-half Nia Bayunu went close to extending the lead. Winger Jerome Wright ‘s delightful cross was met by Bayunu and just as it looked like his powerful header was going to beat Whiting, the Cheadle shot-stopper pulled off a terrific save to ensure Wythenshawe’s lead remained at just two goals.
Five minutes later though, Town did add to their advantage and it was Ashley Leather and Liam Crellin-Myers who combined again. Leather picked the ball up midway inside the Cheadle half and ran at the defence, before slipping Crellin-Myers in behind and he slammed home to ensure that all the points were staying in Wythenshawe.
Town weren’t done there though as just after the hour mark, they added a fourth to their tally. Great play down the left from Jerome Wright saw him beat his marker and pick out Ashley Leather at the far post and he fired home right-footed to get his first goal in Town colours since his return to the club.
It could have been five for Town after Thomas Rattigan saw his header back to Daniel Whiting intercepted by Ash Leather and he fired goalward only for Whiting to deny him, but the ball then fell back into the path of Leather who played a ball across the front of goal towards Justin Pickering, but there was just too much on the ball and the outstretching Town substitute couldn’t get on the end of it to poke home.
It didn’t matter though as despite being down to ten men, Wythenshawe scored four and ran out clear and comprehensive winners.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 4-0 Cheadle Town
Town Starting XI: Aldred, Middleton, Brownhill, Bayunu, Landregan, Roberts, Leather, Gregory (Pickering, 69), Crellin-Myers (Byrne, 57), Brotherton (Farrand, 46), Wright
Subs: Farrand, Pickering, Steer, Byrne, Parr
*Town’s next home match is on Saturday 9th March 2019 when we face Stone Dominoes*