Town fall to late defeat

24 Sep 2019 in Match Reports

Leading the line

Talking tactics

Wellstead equalises

On your head Wellstead

Weaving Warby

Oswestry delivered Wythenshawe a 91st minute ‘sucker punch’ as Town fell to their third defeat of the season, in a match the away side believe they should have got more from.

It was a slow start from Town as David Howarth, from a free-kick, headed Oswestry ahead within three minutes but 20 minutes later and the away side were level.

Stuart Wellstead scored his eighth goal in as many games following a blunder from the keeper, as the striker put the ball into a half-empty net.

A tremendous start to Wellstead’s Town career.

However, despite both sides experiencing their fair share of chances in the game’s closing stage, it was Oswestry who proved to be the most efficient with Liam Parry firing one into the top corner during injury time.

But, just minutes earlier it was Town who had their chance to win late on through Dom Smalley, yet his close-range volley was to be denied by the crossbar.

What a lovely goal it would have been.

Despite the scorelines of 4-0 and 5-0 a year prior, it was a much closer contest this time around and one that Town could easily have come out on top, which subsequently left manager, James Kinsey, in a sense of bafflement over how the game was not won.

“Second half we were superb. How we haven’t scored I’ll never know.

“We hit the post, hit the bar and had a shot cleared off the line. Oswestry hadn’t really threatened us and then in injury time they nick a winner.

“It’s a tough one to take but that’s football” he said.

However, with the arrival of Vauxhall Motors up next at Ericstan, there is no time to dwell for this Town side, with plenty of positives still to take from this gut-wrenching defeat.

“You have to suck it up and go again.

“We’ve played a lot worse and won, it’s just something we have to brush off and be ready to go again next week” Kinsey said.

But, to stand a better chance against Vauxhall, then a good first half will be beneficial along the way.

“We conceded off a set piece early and it as an uphill task from there.

“I thought that the first half was a mixed one. Both teams didn’t really threaten but we managed to get a goal on the break” Kinsey added.

This defeat now leaves Town in tenth, ten points off the league leaders, Vauxhall Motors.

-Ed Hardy

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