25 Oct 2020 in Match Reports
Enjoy that, Brad?
Wythenshawe Town’s winning streak was extended in emphatic style with a 5-0 away victory against Abbey Hulton United, seeing us perched at the NWCFL summit for the time being.
Not quite the 9-0 drubbing of old but if we are going to make qualms about this performance, that’s probably a very healthy one to have.
Matty Roberts scored a stunner to open our account before two Brad Byrne penalties, and two close-range efforts from Darius Palma and Matty Bryan condemned our hosts to their fifth successive league game without victory.
After an explosive start where chances fell and went amiss, it was Abbey Hulton that came the closest to taking the lead when they crashed the crossbar from a looping freekick that had Callum Jakovlevs scrambling across his line.
The game proceeded to meander into somewhat of a lull before a sending off for the Hulton captain Nathan Grice, saw Town sense blood.
After knocking relentlessly at the opposition’s door, Town eventually made the breakthrough five minutes before the interval.
A goal from the most unlikely of sources arrived in the most spectacular fashion when centre back Roberts deceived the defender on the edge of the area before unleashing a left-footed strike of pure venom into the top right-hand corner – Jack Timmons the reliable provider.
Town didn’t hesitate to double their advantage before half time when Timmons once again displayed his vision to pick out Byrne who was scythed down in the 18-yard box for a spot kick, which he duly converted.
As expected, Town dominated early in the second half with the man advantage despite a resolute showing from United.
On the stroke of the hour mark, Darius Palma netted his fifth goal in five consecutive league games after Dom Smalley nodded the ball back across the 6-yard box for the simplest of tap ins.
A second penalty was awarded for the Blues when Smalley, again involved, had his prospective cross blocked by the flailing arm of a defender, giving Byrne the opportunity to secure his brace.
The winger stepped up and nonchalantly caressed the ball home before succumbing to the adverse weather conditions and dropped to the floor in a heap. No points for style but he will care very little about that!
Despite a few missed opportunities, Matty Bryan simply couldn’t help himself from getting his name on the scoresheet when he provided the finishing touch to a pin point Jordan Burton delivery – make that eight goals in his last four games for the Wythenshawe town number nine.
Town have the opportunity to make it six wins from the first six games when we welcome Ellesmere Rangers to Ericstan Park on Tuesday. Be there to witness what could be a piece of history in the making.