Town have adjusted quickly to life in the Hallmark Security League but todays fixture against Rylands FC proved a reminder of the challenges that face the side in this coming season.
Going into the match at the Rylands Recreation Club, Town boasted a 100 percent recond, with 5 goals scored and none conceded.
This fixture started in much the same vein with the woodwork being rattled several times in the opening 10 minutes. Of these attempts, an effort from Liam Crellin-Myers stood out. Town’s number 9’s audacious strike from well outside the area had Rylands ‘keeper Conor Yarwood beaten but hit the crossbar before the home side cleared the danger.
After hectic start, Rylands began to grow into the game. The services of defender Tom Meachin and Town stopper Bruno Da Silva were called upon before the Warrington side made a breakthrough on the 18 minute mark. After earning a freekick 30 yards from goal, Rylands elected to play the ball into the channel. A cross was whipped in to be met by Tom Croughan who fired home to give his side a 1-0 advantage.
It was a goal that changed the momentum but it didn’t stop Town creating chances. Rylands were getting joy down the wings but a Meachin interception and a Sam Fitzgerald long ball forward sent Ben Steer running through but the forward couldn’t get on the end of this lengthy pass.
The home side were enjoying a spell of pressure but Town stood strong to keep the deficit to one goal. Michael Taylor tracked back and made a crucial tackle to when Rylands ran through one-on-one before Bradley Williams played a freekick into the back post that was well cleared by the Ericstan Park natives.
Steer came close to an equaliser just before the break. Leaving defenders in his wake, Steer weaved in and out of attempted tackles but his strike from a difficult angle ended up in the arms of Yarwood.
Rylands FC 1 – 0 Wythenshawe Town
Tow started the second half much like the first, and Yarwood was forced into a fine stop after strong build up play from Niall Rhodes. Town came close again from the resulting corner but the header slipped just past the post.
Manager James Kinsey made an early substitution with Michael Taylor making way for Dylan Stringer-Moth in an attempt to bolster his side’s attacking options. Rylands were soon to give the Town boss further food for thought as Bradley William headed home to double his teams advantage after the visitors failed to deal with a ball into the box.
Sam Jones was next to join the action, with Jay Matthews making way.
Steer’s long throw had been causing problems for Town’s opponents all day, and an opportunity on the 65th minute was no different when he found the feet of Tom Meachin. Rylands managed to diffuse the danger however after forcing Meachin out wide.
Substitute Dylan Stringer-Moth’s match was ended prematurely after he received a red card for an off the ball incident. Ben Steer left the action a minute late with an injury, to be replaced by Conor Brotherton with just over 10 minutes to play.
Unfortunately Town could find a way back into the fixture and, after pushing bodies forward in an attempt to do so, were caught out at the back allowing Alexander McMilan to put the game to bed and claim a well-earned 3 points for Rylands.
Rylands FC 3 – 0 Wythenshawe Town
A difficult day all round for Wythenshawe Town but the team still reside in the top half of the table after our opening three fixtures. James Kinsey, Dan Whitehead and their players will be determined to prove the quality of their side as Maine Road visit on Saturday 25th August, but the established North West Counties side will prove challenging adversaries.