15 Dec 2018 in Match Reports
Town v FC Oswestry Town 1
Town v FC Oswestry Town 2
Town v Oswestry Town 3
Town v FC Oswestry Town 4
Wythenshawe Town’s unbeaten came to an end after a thumping defeat at the hands of FC Oswestry Town on Saturday afternoon.
It was an even start to the game, with action at both ends of the pitch. The first meaningful chance of the game fell to Town winger Justin Pickering who picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, but his effort went over the top of Louie Mackin’s crossbar. The visitors had only been able to create half chances until the twelfth minute when striker David Howarth was picked out in the penalty area and he fired an effort across goal which nestled in the far corner to give the visitors the lead.
Town had an opportunity to draw level just five minutes after going behind when a Ste Yarwood freekick was played to the far post and captain Chris Middleton met it, but his goal-bound effort was blocked. The hosts had another half-chance when a Yarwood corner fell into the path of Brad Byrne, but his left-footed effort went over the crossbar.
The game continued being an end to end affair, with Oswestry midfielder Michael O’Reilly having a terrific opportunity. After being picked out by Ryan Jones, O’Reilly hit a goal across goal, but it went just wide of the upright. From the goal kick, Town went up the other end and Adam Farrand found himself in behind the Oswestry defence and managed to beat Louie Mackin but his effort was then blocked by the visitor's defence to deny Town the equaliser.
Just before the break, the visitors did double their advantage after a shot from the edge of the area was spilt by Morgan Piper in the Town goal, striker David Howarth was on hand to pick up the loose ball and round the keeper before tapping home.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 0-2 FC Oswestry Town
After the restart, the visitors gained control of the game and on 56 minutes got their third of the afternoon when a Michael O’Reilly corner caused problems in the Town penalty area before Liam Parry headed home from close range. Just six minutes later Oswestry scored again and it was Liam Parry who got his second of the afternoon when he was picked out on the right and he drove into the penalty area before shooting across Piper in the Town goal and despite the best efforts of Connor Brotherton who slid in to try stop it going in the ball crossed the goal line to make open up a four-goal lead.
Liam Parry could have had his hattrick just moments after getting his second and the visitors fourth, after a ball was played into the penalty area, Parry met but his header was well kept out by Morgan Piper who dived to his right and managed to parry away.
On 72 minutes, Oswestry did add a fifth to their tally when a mix up in the middle of the pitch saw Town lose possession with the ball falling to Michael O’Reilly and he audaciously hit a shot goalwards which went over Piper and into the corner of the goal. Town freshened things up looking to reduce the deficit, and it was substitute Matthew Landregan who had the hosts best chance of the half. After being picked out by Ste Yarwood the Town striker struck a low effort goalwards but Louie Mackin was on hand to keep the effort out.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 0-5 FC Oswestry Town