01 Dec 2018 in News
Town celebrate their opening goal
Town celebrate another goal!
Matthew Landregan v Alsager Town
Matthew Landregan challenges for the ball v Alsager Town
Wythenshawe Town made it three straight victories in the league running out comprehensive winners against Alsager Town at the Woodbank Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The game started an even affair with neither goalkeeper truly tested, until in the eighth minute when Wythenshawe took the lead. The visitors won a corner and Justin Pickering played a low ball in which Matthew Landregan dummied at the near post and Lee Gregory met at the far post and hit beyond Rhys Bills in the Alsager goal.
Town kept the pressure on after taking the lead, and nearly doubled their lead when Matthew Landregan put pressure on Rhys Bills as the Alsager goalkeeper went to make a clearance and Landregan managed to block it but saw the ball go just wide of the upright.
Alsager first chance of the game came on 15 minutes when striker Dominic Smith picked the ball up 30 yards from goal but saw his effort fly over Jake Aldred's goal. Just a few minutes later, Town were back on the front foot and Ste Yarwood forced Bills in a diving save after shooting from just outside the penalty area.
The game then saw neither side create a clear-cut opportunity until on 35 minutes when the hosts could have drawn level. After counterattacking Wythenshawe, Shane Williams found himself away down the left wing before unleashing a powerful effort across Jake Aldred's goal but the effort was inches wide of the upright.
Two minutes later Town made Alsager pay for the missed chance, as a Justin Pickering Corner was met by Brad Byrne and he glanced a header across goal and into the far corner ensuring Town had a two-goal lead at the interval.
Alsager Town 0-2 Wythenshawe Town
After the break again there were no clear-cut opportunities until on 50 minutes when Pickering picked out Brad Byrne in the penalty area but his effort hit the outside of the post to deny him a second goal of the afternoon.
Town did add to their lead though just before the hour mark, after a good team move Ste Yarwood was picked out just outside the penalty area and he hit an effort goalwards which took a deflection and beat Rhys Bills in the Alsager goal.
Just the other side of the hour mark, Town could have had their fourth of the afternoon when Brad Byrne picked out Justin Pickering and he hit a powerful effort goalwards leaving Bills only able to parry into the path of Ben Steer but as the Town substitute went to strike his effort an Alsager defender made a sliding challenge and put the ball out for a corner.
Steer did get his goal though on 85 minutes when a ball was played into his feet and he spun his marker before firing home into the far corner. There was time for Alsager to grab a consolation goal on 90 minutes when Dominic Smith picked the ball up in the area and powerfully fired beyond Aldred, but it was too little to late and all the points came back to Wythenshawe.
Alsager Town 1-4 Wythenshawe Town