23 Feb 2019 in Match Reports
Town celebrate their winner!
Big celebrations as Grant Spencer scores the winner
Jerome Wright in action against Maine Road
Wythenshawe Town’s wishes were GRANT-ed in a thrilling, late comeback.
Town quashed last week’s demons by completing an astonishing 3-2 turnaround against Maine Road FC in second-half stoppage time, courtesy of Connor Brotherton and Grant Spencer.
As the referee seemed to be ever more aware of his watch and the final whistle loomed increasingly imminent, up stepped Spencer to coolly guide his finish into the bottom left-hand post following some sterling work down the right flank from Sam Heathcote.
Brotherton, fresh from the bench, had set Town on the comeback trail in the 90thminute when the ball sat up invitingly on the edge of the area for him to lash home a sweetly-struck volley into the bottom left-hand corner.
Despite this, Town found themselves a goal behind at half time after a sluggish start.
Joseph O’Brien capitalised on a defensive mix up after just five minutes, allowing him to tap into the unguarded net to give the hosts a lightning lead.
Stern words may well have been just what Town needed to hear at half-time in order to kick start their performance. Dan Whiteside’s message at the break clearly worked a treat as Jerome Wright equalised in the first minute of the second half.
The winger made an intelligent, darting run towards the back-post to side-foot home from close quarters after a tantalising ball was floated in from the right wing via the boot of Ashley Leather.
However, Town were sent back to the proverbial drawing board when Maine Road right back, Ashley Morley, hit a speculative effort from 40 yards sailing out of reach of Jake Aldred, leaving himself just as bemused as everyone at the ground.
Maine Road were by far the dominant outfit in the first 45 minutes, displaying exactly why they had racked up an impressive seven-game winning streak.
However, they squandered a number of chances that they lived to regret as the game wore on.
Daniel Burgess ran the channels effectively in the first period of play, after displaying strong hold-up capabilities before finding space on the left-hand side of the area prior to unleashing an effort that kissed the crossbar on its way over.
Joseph O’Brien nearly inadvertently doubled his tally on the stroke of half time, when his in-swinging corner from the right-hand side rattled the crossbar and possibly some heads too.
The second half saw a much-improved attacking impetus from Town, with Leather making one of his trademark sprints down the right flank to square it into the path of Adam Farrand who saw his deft flick cleared agonisingly off the line.
Liam Crellin-Myers had the chance to turn the game on its head immediately after Wright’s leveller when he connected with a loose ball in the area but planted his half-volley wide of the right-hand post.
A vital result incredibly ground out by Town to see them leapfrog into fifth place, for the time being, just two points shy of second place.
This game will no doubt be a huge boost for the rest of the season’s confidence and belief that this team can finish as high up the table as possible.
A friendly game at home next Saturday against Rochdale Sacred Heart is what awaits Town in their next encounter before getting back into league action the following Saturday at home to Stone Dominoes.
Match report by Harry Shephard