22 Jan 2020 in Match Reports
Frustrating second half for Town at Ericstan Park.
A second half comeback from West Didsbury and Chorlton cancelled out Wythenshawe's early two-goal lead to share the points at Ericstan Park.
Town now situate seven points off the promotion places but have played four less, but making matters more frustrating for Wythenshawe is that this was a game which should have been won a long time ago.
It was a rematch of the original fixture earlier on in the season where Town were leading 2-0 after 75 minutes, but the game came to abandonment due to injury.
Thus meaning a rematch had to be played and it was one which Town, again, should’ve won following a tremendous start for the side.
Just twelve minutes went-by and Liam Myers had put Wythenshawe ahead.
Left-back Jerome Wright produced a splendid, pinpoint cross to Matty Bryan at the far post, who’s instant header was then parried by the keeper into Myers’ pathway for him to volley first time into a half open net within six yards.
A solid team goal and the perfect start for Town as Myers continued his fine goal-scoring form from the last match, but they did not stop there.
Just five minutes later and Kial Callacher doubled the lead.
Jack Timmons delivered a corner which found Callacher in the middle who then leapt up to beat his opposing number six, Sam Heathcote, and head the ball low into the net from six yards.
Town only had two chances in the opening twenty minutes in which they scored from both and Wythenshawe almost made it three just before the half.
It was a brilliant, bursting forward run by Jack Timmons who then delicately fed a through ball to Liam Myers on the edge of the box.
The goal scorer then turned brilliantly which sent a sliding Matthew Cook out of the picture and all it needed now was for Myers to pick out a corner.
However his shot was low and straight at Andrew Jones who saved the attempt with his left foot – it was delightful attacking play from Wythenshawe nonetheless.
With Town entering the break 2-0 up it was a great start from the hosts and looked as though it would then be an easy victory here on out, but things all changed in the second half.
Twenty minutes after the break and West Didsbury halved the lead.
A corner was delivered into the six-yard box which then took a couple of deflections before Josh Tinker headed in their first goal with the help of the crossbar.
This made matters nervy, it gave West Didsbury hope and their fans were back in fine voice willing on the players.
And just ten minutes later the inevitable happened, as they found themselves an equaliser through Billy Matthews.
Rhain Davis delivered a chipped ball over the top from halfway leaving a foot race between Matthews and Jan Palinkas to the loose ball.
However despite being beaten on pace, Matthews then used his shoulder strength to get there first but with Callum Jakovlevs well off his line.
Matthews took a touch and then chipped Jakovlevs from twenty yards to score the equaliser.
Wythenshawe were deflated, following a brilliant first half performance and two early goals, to then be level with just fifteen minutes remaining was gutting.
West Didsbury and Chorlton were simply the better team in the second half as neither side could then find a winner following the equaliser.
Frustrating for Town especially after being 2-0 in both the original fixture and the rematch, but we go again with an away trip to Vauxhall Motors up next.
By Edward Hardy