Town suffer narrow pre-season defeat

23 Jul 2018 in News

Lee Gregory v West Didsbury & Chorlton

Sam Parr v West Didsbury & Chorlton

Bruno Da Silva v West Didsbury & Chorlton

Ash Leather v West Didsbury & Chorlton

Bruno Da Silva save v West Didsbury & Chorlton

Mike Taylor v West Didsbury & Chorlton

Gavin Salmon v West Didsbury & Chorlton

A game of two halves saw West Didsbury & Chorlton run out 2-1 winners against Wythenshawe Town at Ericstan Park on Saturday afternoon. The visitors were the better side in the first 45 minutes and had a couple of early chances to take the lead. 

Firstly, after a loose pass from the Wythenshawe defence the West Didsbury number 11 picked up the ball but his curling effort from the corner of the penalty area went just over the crossbar. Just moments later they had another opportunity this time a long throw-in beat Bruno Da Silva in the Wythenshawe goal but the visitor's number 6 headed over from close range. 


It was third time lucky though for West Didsbury as on 12 minutes a cross from the right by Trialist was met by Ben Steer who fired home from close range. After going behind Wythenshawe began to get into the game and their best chance of the half fell to Lee Gregory after a good ball was played into the penalty area from Grant Spencer, Gregory met but headed just wide of the upright. 


On the stroke of halftime, the visitors doubled their lead when a Ben Steer corner deceived everybody including Da Silva and went straight into the back of the net.


Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 0-2 West Didsbury & Chorlton


After the break Wythenshawe Town came out on the front foot and had a glorious opportunity to half the deficit when Ash Leather beat his marker to the ball and charged into the penalty area, only to see his effort go wide of the far post. Just six minutes later though Town did have the ball in the back of the net, after Leather was upended thirty yards from goal Gavin Salmon stepped up and curled a terrific free-kick into the top corner. 


Straight after the goal Town had a great opportunity to draw level after Leather beat his marker he pulled the ball back to Sam Jones but the halftime substitute couldn’t connect properly and he saw his effort go wide of the upright. 


Despite being on the back foot West Didsbury and Chorlton had a glorious opportunity to extend their lead on 70 minutes after a long ball forward beat the Wythenshawe defence and the number 14 latched onto it but his goal-bound effort was well kept out by Da Silva. 


Beyond that the hosts were back on the front foot and on 75 minutes Dylan Stringer-Moth sent Leather away down the right and he drove into the penalty area but his effort was well kept out by the goalkeeper but he could only push into the path of Mike Taylor but his shot from the edge of the area was deflected just over the crossbar. 


Town continued to go in search of the equaliser and Gavin Salmon had another free kick from a similar position he scored from in the first half, but this time his effort went inches wide of the post and meant that West Didsbury and Chorlton held on for the win.


Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 1-2 West Didsbury and Chorlton


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