Skelmerdale vs Town: FA Vase preview

12 Sep 2019 in News

Brotherton gives his thoughts

The second qualifying round of the FA Vase beckons for Wythenshawe Town as the Blues travel to Merseyside for a Friday night cup tie against Skelmersdale United.

An astounding 5-2 victory saw our name comfortably into the hat to face yet another team from a division above, but Connor Brotherton has no concern over being the supposed underdogs anymore.


“They are in the league above but that doesn’t mean much really. We’ve got quality players and fancy ourselves at the minute against any team in and around us.


“The last round against Goole was a top performance from us and we continued that on Saturday. We just have to take it round by round and see how far we can get.”


Town’s latest run of form has seen them go six games unbeaten in all competitions and winning five of those in immaculate fashion.


The latest of those victories came last Saturday when we hosted a St Martins team that had proved awkward customers last season but Town displayed their transition from naivety to maturity with a highly professional 2-0 win.


Brotherton gave his verdict on the domineering yet unpolished performance from Town, signalling that there are still many things that can yet be perfected within the squad.


“I was very, very, very happy with the performance and I think Kinsey would echo those thoughts. A combination of top saves from the keeper and some poor finishing meant it was a more difficult game than it should have been, but we got three points and a clean sheet so it was all in all a good performance.”


However, Brotherton has not been tentatively hiding away from a poor start to the season as he gave his unequivocally honest opinion about how much Town have grown and thrived in such a short time-frame.


“We had an embarrassing start to the season to be very honest but we’ve worked on how we want to play a lot in training and it’s paying off, we’re playing some good stuff and getting good results, if we keep the intensity then we have every right to feel confident.”


The two outfits are meeting tomorrow night for the very first time since Town’s inception into semi-professional status and there are some similarities to note.


Both sides achieved 5-2 score lines in the first qualifying round of this competition to face each other as Town turned over Goole while Aaron Dwyer’s former employers New Mills, fell at the feet of Skelmersdale.


Skelmersdale were also left winless following their opening three encounters of the league campaign, drawing all of them before finally stopping the rot on matchday five with a 3-0 victory over Litherland REMYCA.


Almost mirroring Town’s fortunes as we earned our first three points with the same score line at home to Eccleshall.


The Wythy Town faithful are becoming all too accustomed to witnessing thrilling matches in recent weeks and with two sides that seem extremely well matched, will no doubt set up an intriguing cup tie under the floodlights on Merseyside.


-Harry Shephard


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