29 Jul 2018 in News
Chris Middleton v Atherton Collieries
Bruno Da Silva v Atherton Collieries
Niall Rhodes/Dylan Stringer-Moth v Atherton Collieries
Danny Hudson v Atherton Collieries
Grant Spencer v Atherton Collieries
Pre-season ended in defeat for Wythenshawe Town against Northern Premier League outfit Atherton Collieries at Ericstan Park on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors took the lead in the first minute of the game after they intercepted a loose pass and the Atherton number 9 charged into the penalty area only to see his effort saved by Bruno Da Silva but the visitor's number 11 struck home the rebound.
Despite the quick start for Atherton, it was Town who had the next opportunity when a ball switched from the left was picked up by Danny Hudson and he put a good ball across goal but the Atherton defence stood strong and managed to clear away the danger. From there on though it was the visitors who were the dominant side and they had a glorious opportunity to extend their lead when the number 11 beat two players in the penalty area and managed to get a shot away but Da Silva made a terrific save as he managed to tip the ball around the post.
The Wythenshawe shot-stopper was again called into action after a counter-attack from a corner saw a shot from inside the penalty area going goalwards but Da Silva managed to pull off another save to keep the deficit to just one goal at the interval.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 0-1 Atherton Collieries
After the break, the visitors continued on the front foot and could have added to their lead when they intercepted a pass on halfway and the number 10 was put in down the right but his low effort was well saved by halftime substitute Ben Daniels.
On 53 minutes though the visitors did double their lead when a long ball forward was met by the number 9 in the penalty area and he fired beyond Daniels. After conceding the second goal, Town tried to find a way back into the game and just three minutes after going two goals behind the hosts had a glorious opportunity to half the deficit, when a corner from Grant Spencer was met by Chris Middleton but his goal-bound effort was blocked by the Atherton defence 3 yards from goal.
On the hour mark though the visitors did further add to their lead when a ball found the number 10 again in the penalty area and he managed to slot beyond the oncoming Ben Daniels. Just seven minutes later the visitors completed the scoring when they were awarded a penalty and the number 10 stepped up and placed his penalty in the right corner.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 0-4 Atherton Collieries