16 Sep 2020 in Match Reports
Town 5-2 Heyside
Wythenshawe Town’s pre-season preparations continued in formidable fashion last night as a first half goal banquet was enough to seal yet another victory.
A brace from Matty Bryan and goals for Dom Smalley, Justin Pickering and Ste Yarwood saw the Blues cruise into a 5-0 half time lead before a more tempered second half allowed the visitors to chalk up two consolation goals.
Bryan continued his rich vein of form in front of goal when he pounced upon a loose ball in the area to swivel on a sixpence and fire home in classic poacher style.
Dom Smalley was then the latest to profit from Bryan’s forward presence after the number nine received a clever flicked through ball from Pickering to slide it across for the onrushing right back who had the simplest of tasks.
Town swiftly made it three when Yarwood teased a defender on the edge on the area before slipping a disguised ball to Pickering who rifled a left-footed strike across the keeper, nestling in the far corner.
A deserved Yarwood goal compiled more misery upon Heyside’s man between the sticks as he wrong footed the defender before driving home a pin-point finish into the bottom left – Matty Bryan picking up his second assist of the evening.
A fifth round off the first half rout when Bryan steamed down the right wing, rounding the goal keeper and slotting into and unguarded net with great aplomb.
A far less fluid second half was to be expected, with a plethora of changes being made to give players valuable minutes, including two new trialists coming into the fray to make their mark.
Grant Spencer made his second Ericstan Park bow midway through the half in his first game in his new joint player/coaching role.
Chances fell Town’s way but they were unable to convert in such a clinical manner, with both Liam Myers and Sam Jones firing wide when faced with the goal frame.
Despite the two concessions in the second half to take the gloss off the score-line, overall it was a solid night’s work that stands us in good stead heading into Saturday’s clash with a tricky Lower Breck side.
“First half I thought we were very good. We looked dangerous every time we went forwards. The lads are running through walls for each other now and that’s where we need to be at every week.
“The second half wasn’t great, but we made a lot of substitutions and the game was already won in reality, so it’s normal that we took our foot off the gas. That combined with Heyside coming out with a new energy, it was a flat half for us. But as I say, it’s normal.
“We have a tough test against Lower Breck on Saturday. They were well on their way to winning the north division before the season was pulled so we will have more of an understanding of where we are after that.”
If last night was anything to go by, James Kinsey’s men are going to be a thrill to behold this season!
Final Score: Wythenshawe Town 5-2 Heyside FC