17 Feb 2019 in Match Reports
Town celebrate Ben Steer's equaliser
Ashley Leather beats his marker
Liam Crellin-Myers in action against Sandbach
Ben Steer volleys Town into the lead
Adam Farrand was our man of the match against Sandbach
Sandbach United and Wythenshawe Town shared the points as they played out a 2-2 draw at the Sandbach Community Football Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides came into the fixture with similar form and this was evident as the opening 10 minutes were a close encounter, with neither side able to test the opposition's goalkeeper. That was until Josh Lane was upended by Jerome Wright in the Town penalty area and the referee had no other choice than to point to the penalty spot. Lane picked himself and fired into the bottom left corner sending Town keeper Mason Mostyn the wrong way and giving the hosts the lead.
Town weren’t behind long though as on 13 minutes Ashley Leather beat his marker Elliot Ledwards before playing a terrific ball across goal, and Ben Steer was on hand to fire home at the far post. The next meaningful chance didn’t come for another 11 minutes and that fell to tricky Sandbach winger Aidan Haughton after he ran into the penalty area, he fired goalward but Mostyn was on hand to keep the powerful effort out and keep the scoreline level.
Moments later a glorious chance fell to Town goal scorer Ben Steer. After Town counter attacked their opponents, Liam Crellin-Myers played the ball into the path of Steer in behind the Sandbach defence but just as he let fly a Sandbach defender slid in and blocked his goal-bound effort before the hosts managed to clear away the danger.
Town were the team ending the half on top and had another opportunity to head in at the break with the lead when Jerome Wright delivered a corner to the near post and Adam Farrand met it but the central midfielder headed just over the upright.
Halftime: Sandbach United 1-1 Wythenshawe Town
The second half began the same as the first with neither creating a clear-cut opportunity in the opening exchanges. That was until Town broke forward and Adam Farrand and Ashley Leather combined, with the latter in open space just outside the penalty area he decided to have a shot but fired wide of the upright.
After the hour mark, Sandbach could have taken the lead. Midfielder William Buckley intercepted the ball just inside the Town half before playing substitute Lucas Baker in behind the visitors defence, Baker looked to pick out his teammate at the far post as he played a low ball across the front of goal but Matthew Landregan was on hand to clear the ball behind for a corner and prevent the hosts a second goal of the afternoon.
Town made a substitute on 68 minutes with Brad Byrne replacing Justin Pickering and the change paid off as just two minutes later, Byrne provided an audacious ball for Ben Steer and he volleyed home past Matthew Green in the host's goal to give Town a deserved the lead. Byrne could have a goal of his own four minutes later when he met a corner in, but he headed over the upright from close range.
Just when it looked like all three points were heading back to Wythenshawe, Sandbach managed to score an equaliser in the 89thminute. Substitute Kieran Garner-Knapper picked out Aidan Haughton and he managed to spin his marker before firing a powerful effort across goal and into the far corner giving Mason Mostyn no chance and making sure the points were shared.
Fulltime: Sandbach United 2-2 Wythenshawe Town