21 Oct 2020 in Match Reports
Wythenshawe Town 5-1 West Didsbury and Chorlton
A second half Matty Bryan hat-trick helped Wythenshawe romp to a 5-1 victory over local rivals, West Didsbury and Chorlton.
This is now back-to-back hat-tricks for Town’s star striker who has been key to maintaining Wythenshawe’s 100% win record this season.
Such result now puts Town second in the league – 6 points inside the promotion places – with only Vauxhall Motors ahead, who have played an extra match.
However the win against West Didsbury and Chorlton didn’t come easy as both sides entered the break one-a-piece.
Jack Timmons opened the scoring on the 28th minute with a fantastic left-footed curling shot from 20 yards, which had Andrew Jones frozen on his line as he watched it go into the top corner.
However this lead didn’t last long as the visitors scored a swift reply just two minutes later.
Billy Matthews’ cross found Dontai Gabidon at the far post, who fired a half-volley low and hard across goal to get them level again.
It was a feisty half between two rivals, but Town then showed their superiority after the break.
On the hour mark, Bryan got his first in what was an 8-minute hat-trick which quickly put the game out of sight for West Didsbury and Chorlton.
The first came from great play by Brad Byrne on the right wing, who beat his man before cutting back a pass on the byline to present Bryan with a chance inside the box.
And with a striker as deadly as he is, there was only one outcome as he calmly slotted past Jones to give Town the lead.
Just 4 minutes later, he got his brace but again, it was helped by a great assist this time being from the skipper, Jerome Wright.
Jan Palinkas played a diagonal pass to Wright on the left flank, who controlled it brilliantly before getting past Harry Sheridan.
And once he beat his man, he instantly cut a pass back to Bryan who converted his chance from 6 yards – two very similar goals within 4 minutes of each other.
But Bryan wasn’t done there as he completed his hat-trick shortly after.
For this one, Timmons intercepted the ball inside West Didsbury’s half before playing a quick through ball for Bryan who fired a low shot across goal from 7 yards out.
A mad 8 minutes for Town which instantly put the game to bed as the visitors suddenly found themselves 4-1 down.
However then another goal came, as Darius Palma continued his goal-scoring streak to make it 4 from 4 since signing.
As the clock just turned 90, Palma played a quick one-two with Matthew Rowson before firing one in after some great footwork inside the box.
It was a huge win for Town and one which will give them plenty of confidence as they keep up their perfect start to the season.
Next up is an away trip to Abbey Hulton, where Town came out 9-0 victors in their last visit to the Staffordshire side.
What the manager had to say
James Kinsey: “I know we’re scoring for fun at the minute, but I’m most pleased by the dominance we are showing in games. Last night we felt in control from minute one.
“A mistake has let them back into the game but in the second half the lads did what all top teams do, they went and took the game by the scruff of the neck to get the win – every one of them were superb.
“We’ve got games coming thick and fast. Saturday will be another test and it’s important we prepare right this week.
“It’s important we take confidence from our start to the season, but it is equally important we understand that those games are in the past. We’ve got to be at it in every game in this league and we can’t drop our levels.”
- Edward Hardy