08 Oct 2019 in Match Reports
Take more than that to stop him
Brotherton Completes Tameside Turnaround in Cup Upset.
Super sub, Connor Brotherton, nodded in the winner as Town dumped Curzon Ashton out of the Manchester FA Premier Cup.
Wythenshawe Town’s dynamic man in-form, Aaron Dwyer, ignited the comeback against his former employers, making it 6 goals in 3 games for the winger.
Just 48 hours after Town’s enthralling encounter against Golcar United in the PlayerMatch.Com Cup, the boys were back in cup action, away to Curzon Ashton in the Manchester FA Premier Cup; a competition which the hosts had won in the season prior.
However, The Nash’s defence of their trophy proved to be short lived as the Tameside Stadium became the stage for a magical cup upset.
Serial giant-killers, Town, usurping their exploits in the FA Vase trophy, when they overcame Skelmersdale United, three weeks ago.
The hosts currently sit 19th in the Vanarama National League North, without a win in 11 games. An abysmal run of form, which Wythenshawe Town sought to capitalise on.
The start of the contest was a fairly intriguing affair, akin to two boxers finding their range in the ring. An early sighter from Curzon Ashton’s forward, Daniel Trickett-Smith, flew over Callum Jakovlevs’ bar; the closest either side came in the opening quarter of an hour.
Dwyer began to menace the Nash backline; delivering a terrific cross onto the head of Michael Clarke, but the central defender couldn’t divert it into the net.
Town’s number 7, looking comfortable at the Tameside Stadium, having enjoyed a short spell at the club after joining from Stockport Town in 2018.
Chaos almost ensued for Town when a simple 5-yard pass by Clarke was missed by Callum, falling straight into the path of Isaac Sinclair. Fortunately, Jan Palinkas was on hand to block Sinclair’s effort and ultimately clear.
Curzon Ashton’s tricky winger, Jack Banister, was giving Lee Gregory a torrid time at right back; slalom inside and out and testing Jakovlevs’ on occasions.
But the Wythenshawe Town defence stood firm. Matching Curzon Ashton stride for stride as we entered the break.
Following the restart, Town came out optimistic, in search of another cup upset.
Dean Warburton’s fierce shot from distance continuing the patterns set by both teams, early in the first half.
An over-enthusiastic challenge by Brad Byrne unfortunately saw Curzon Ashton’s Oliver Thornley stretched off after 53 minutes, to be replaced by Daniel Shaw.
Wythy Town’s tails were up, with Brad Byrne twice going close. But just as Town were beginning to get ahead of steam, the home side found their footing; Sinclair testing Callum from close range.
However, soon the Nash went in front, albeit against the run of play. Michael Calveley’s initial shot was parried by Callum, but the rebound fell to Isaac Sinclair who calmly slotted home.
A sucker-punch for Wythy Town, but this group of lads have a certain steel about them, never knowing when they’re beaten and fighting ‘till the very end.
The visitors’ in-form winger, the human Energizer Bunny as he’s more commonly known; Aaron Dwyer showed his turn of pace to accelerate past the full back and fizzed a shot which was parried by Mark McCoy, straight back into the path of Dwyer who made no mistake at the second time of asking.
At last! We have a game on our hands! 15 minutes of the 90 remain.
Town manager, James Kinsey sensed a potential cup upset in the making, but with a tiring team, changes were needed.
Connor Brotherton and Grant Spencer replaced Brad Byrne and Jack Timmons.
And with ten minutes left on the clock and penalties looming – again.
Enter stage right, Connor Brotherton. Aaron Dwyer latched onto Lee Gregory’s throw-in before whipping a pin-point cross for Brotherton to nod past McCoy and send the traveling supporters into raptures.
An inspired substitution by Kinsey, left Town on the brink of another giant killing.
With an early exit looming for Curzon Ashton, they proceeded to pile the pressure on the visitors. A crucial save by Callum in the 90th minute, prevented the hosts from salvaging a penalty shootout in the dying moments of the game.
And that was that. Wythenshawe Town have done it. An almighty upset in Manchester FA Premier Cup. A superb team performance by Kinsey’s men.
Town have hearts of steel, oh tell me how good does it feel!