03 Sep 2020 in News
Sandbach vs Town Preview
Wythenshawe Town turn their attentions towards Saturday’s PlayerMatch.com semi-final 2nd leg encounter against Sandbach United.
Saturday’s host prevailed 2-1 at Ericstan Park 176 days ago – before the global coronavirus pandemic halted all sporting activities – so there is clearly some unfinished business between Sandbach and James Kinsey’s men:
“The lads are itching to get it played. It’s our first competitive match in months so we can’t wait for it. We know it won’t be easy. We’ve got several key players missing as they are cup tied.
“We are just happy to be back playing games with some meaning behind them. If we can turn it around, great. If not, it will still be good for our preparations for the season starting”, Kinsey added.
With 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat in pre-season, and 20 goals scored in those five games, Town go into go into the semi-final second leg having to score 2 goals to qualify.
“Of course, we have to score at least two because of the away goals rule. But we are scoring for fun in pre-season so hopefully that continues.”
The blues come into the game in extremely good spirits following a convincing 3-1 victory against local rivals Wythenshawe Amateurs; and star striker, Liam Myers, has been speaking ahead of the crucial clash:
“As with any pre-season, it’s all about peaking. The last performance against the Ammies was definitely our best so far this season. Everything seemed to click. And saying that, we still know there are more gears for us to go through.”
Myers is aware of the threat that Sandbach pose but he is fully focused on the task at hand:
“Sandbach are a good footballing side, in recent times they seem to have edged our games by the odd goal but there is rarely anything in the games. So, I think we know both sides will have chances. If we are clinical, we’re confident we can overturn the deficit. We know we have to score 2 which makes the game plan simple really, we just need to execute it well.
After the disappointment caused by the annulment of the league season, Myers understands that Saturday is an opportunity to return smiles to everyone’s faces:
“Yeah, I'd be lying if I didn’t say it hurt the squad, management and committee. A lot of time and effort went in to gaining promotion and it felt snatched away. But looking forward, progression Saturday and winning a cup would create real momentum, and in football confidence and momentum are huge.
“And it’s been nice to see some familiar faces. Hopefully, we can repay the support shown to us with silverware and promotion this coming season.”
Sandbach United vs Wythenshawe Town 05/09/20 Kick off is at 3pm
- Caleb Mazoya