26 Jan 2020 in Match Reports
Goals from Matty Bryan and Liam Myers propelled Town to an impressive 2-1 victory against the league leaders, despite finishing the game with 10 men.
Amidst a season which includes a 9-nil away win at Abbey Hulton United, a seven-nil drubbing of Cheadle Town, and several memorable cup wins – notably the 2-1 victory at Curzon Ashton- this was arguably Wythenshawe Town’s best performance thus far.
Everybody, to a man, was superb.
And that’s not just the players; the coaching staff got the tactics correct to a tee. A well-oiled machine speeding past Vauxhall Motors.
START YOUR ENGINES
Launch control was well and truly activated when Matty Bryan fired Town ahead inside 5 minutes. A clever pass in-behind Vauxhall’s defensive line was cleverly left by Liam Myers, after Vauxhall had attempted to catch him offside, only for Bryan to pick up the loose ball and hit a low deflected shot beyond Ryan Crump.
The in-form Bryan would continue to terrorise Vauxhall’s defence for the remainder of the half; often drifting into the middle to support Myers and therefore creating space for Jack Timmons and Jerome Wright down the left.
Brad Byrne had the ball in the back of the Vauxhall net on 25 minutes, only for the linesman to eventually rule the goal out after Matty Bryan was initially suspected of straying beyond the last man.
For spells in the half, Town were parked inside their half as the hosts struggled to jumpstart their way into the contest. Although, an excellent goal line clearance by captain, Dom Smalley, prevented Vauxhall equalising on 30 minutes.
0 TO 60 IN 7 MINUTES
Seven minutes into the restart, Wythenshawe Town were two goals up. This time it was Myers displaying his deadly poaching instincts.
Timmons’ corner was met at the near post by Lee Gregory, whose header was saved by Crump, but the rebound dropped to Myers, who was alert as always, to nod home.
His 4th goal in three games, providing the adequate clearance required for Town proceed in cruise control.
Myers could have scored a second, 20 minutes from time, when Bryan got the better of his opposite number before fizzing a hard low Kevin De Bruyne-esque cross (you know the ones) into the path of Myers, but his close range effort was saved by Crump.
A slight stall 3 minutes from time, saw Jan Palinkas sent off for pulling back a forward; denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity and conceding a penalty in the process.
A minor dent in what was an immaculate display by Town’s centre back.
Karl Noon converted the penalty, which meant the final few minutes were nail-biting to say the least – Moreover because Town had squandered a 2-goal lead 4 days prior.
Nonetheless, the boys held on to pass the chequered flag; inflicting Vauxhall Motors 3rd defeat of the season and maintaining our record of having the best defence in the league thus far.
With results elsewhere going our way, Town have closed the gap on the teams above, tailgating Eccleshall by only 4 points.
I thought we never looked threatened until the red card
KINSEY’S POST-MATCH THOUGHTS:
“We spoke before the game about getting back to being hard to break down. In recent weeks we have veered away from it slightly and it was important we become organised again. Going to top of the league we knew that we was going to have to work hard. We tried to get the ball behind their back four as we felt we could get some joy there and it shown.
“I thought we never looked threatened until the red card. It was a red card but Jan was unreal before that moment. It’s a learning curve for him but he is getting them lessons in whilst playing well. He’s going to play much, much higher than the counties. Moments like this will help him.
We’re in a strong position but we have to be consistent now. I’ve said it numerous times but when we are at it, we don’t fear anybody.”
Wythenshawe Town face Cheadle Town at home on Saturday 1st February.
By Caleb Mazoya