Stu stars as Town secure back to back wins

21 Aug 2019 in Match Reports

Wellstead strikes

Brad Byrne

Casian on corners

Town celebrate

Connor Brotherton

 Stuart Wellstead inscribed his name on the Wythenshawe Town score sheet for the first time last night as he netted twice to turn the tide against Maine Road.

The 34-year old, just arrived from Rylands, backed up his imperious performance against Eccleshall with yet another dominant display- showcasing his dead ball expertise as he dispatched a freekick and penalty with consummate ease.

 

Town had to show resilience however as they were once again trailing in the opening quarter of an hour when Ben Mooney side-footed past the sprawling Callum Jakovlevs.

 

But even the miserable Manchester drizzle wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the Town faithful as the on loan Casian Anghel received the ball on the edge of the area and curled a sublime effort into the far-right corner, leaving Conrad Betton stranded between the sticks.

 

The achilles heel of Town this season has been the concession of early opening goals and last night was no exception as the ball was pulled back to Mooney who had found himself in acres of space to pick his spot from 18-yards.

 

It is now four games out of the opening five that the Blues have conceded within the opening 15 minutes, despite having the majority of possession but were unable to convert any chances from it.

 

A wake-up call was much needed and it was provided five minutes before the interval by Wellstead who had taken over freekick duties following Anghel’s earlier unsuccessful effort.

 

The number nine finished without a hint of faltering, bending it around the wall into the keeper’s side who had no answer.

 

Shortly after Brad Byrne was brought down in the area by the onrushing Betton who then saw the resulting penalty deceive him as Wellstead planted it into the right-hand side.

 

Contrasting emotions from the two players standing 12 yards apart on a night to savour for one and a night to very much forget for the other.

 

Jakovlevs again proved his worth, making another spectacular save to add to the album when Maine Road attempted to rekindle their chances of salvation through an acrobatic effort from David Brown. The number one was at full stretch and managed to palm it around the post to keep Town’s noses in front at a vital time.

 

Back to back three points were all but guaranteed when the man on a short-term loan from Ashton United received the ball from Wellstead who had devoured the ground on the right flank to switch the play. Anghel took a touch to set himself before releasing a curling strike home.

 

Post-match thoughts

 

Stuart Wellstead: “As a team I think we started brightly but lacked a bit of a cutting edge in the final third and then went behind against the run of play. But once we got a foothold in the game I felt we were the better side and deservedly went on to win the game with a cracking third goal.

 

“Personally, I didn’t start great but got into it after 20 minutes or so and then looked to bring the midfielders and wingers into the game. Obviously made up to get the 2 goals but most importantly was the 3 points making it back to back wins.”

 

James Kinsey: “I thought we dominated the game. We had some injuries at the start of the season but the lads are starting to come back now and it is showing. The work rate has increased dramatically.

 

“It was important that we improved off the ball as in the first three games we were leaving gaps whenever we lost possession. We seem to have turned a corner with that now. We went 1-0 down completely against the run of play. But the lads stuck to the beliefs and it paid off.

 

“Callum Jakovlevs has made two unbelievable saves at important times in the game. There are obviously areas where we can still improve but I am starting to see more complete performances now.

 

“Hopefully we can put a run together now. We have the opportunity to put six points on the board come Monday night. Cammell Laird is never an easy place to go. They make life hard for you and want to get in your faces. There is always a challenge when you come up against the scouse teams as they raise their game. We will have to go and put in maximum effort to get the win.”

 

-Harry Shephard

 

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