19 Jan 2020 in Match Reports
Myers strikes early
Myers at the double
Man in form
Liam Myers bagged a brace in a six-goal thriller at Church Lane as Wythenshawe Town prevailed to keep the heat on the teams in pursuit of promotion.
New Mills twice came from behind to level in the first half but a domineering second 45 swept aside the home team’s resistance.
The result sees us sitting eight points off the top four with five games in hand – perfectly poised at this stage of the season.
An explosive start
Town stormed into the lead before 90 seconds had elapsed when Jack Timmons’ (customary) inch-perfect pass found Myers who squeezed his low drive beyond the reach of Alex Fowell.
Town struggled to capitalise when they were in the ascendancy and paid for it soon after when James Kalu raced through on goal and finished confidently past the onrushing Callum Jakovlevs.
Jordan Burton restored Town’s lead with his entry for goal of the weekend as he manoeuvred along the edge of the box before unleashing an arrowing strike into the top corner.
However, on the stroke of half time, the hosts once again retaliated as James Neild latched onto an in-swinging cross to plant his header into the roof of the net.
Second half dominance
If the first half showed Town to be slightly exposed, the second period was watertight and compact.
Myers sealed his brace just past the hour mark when he was set loose by Steven Yarwood and the striker showed the composure that we had become accustomed to seeing with an unerring, sweeping finish into the bottom corner.
Matty Bryan all but cemented the three points after coming on as a second half replacement, when he finished delightfully over the head of Fowell who had emerged from his goal line following Lee Gregory’s long ball downfield.
The finish was reminiscent of his winner against Ellesmere Rangers, with magnificent awareness of the goalkeeper’s positioning.
Town may be ruing several missed opportunities as both Yarwood and new, young recruit Fenton Reeves had space in the area but were unable to provide the telling touch.
Again, Town displayed their defensive aptitude deep into injury time when Connor Brotherton, Callum Jakovlevs and Jan Palinkas were able to keep out the late onslaught from the Millers to maintain the cushioned aesthetic the score-line deserved to have.
Full Time – New Mills 2-4 Wythenshawe Town
Liam Myers – “It was a very strong team performance, 1-11. Couple of errors that's unlike us but for 80 mins we’ve been dominant which we needed really.
“We were asked to up performance as it's not been where it needs to be and I think we all delivered. Getting the two goals was definitely good for the confidence, it's been a while and it does play on the mind so hopefully I can kick on and have a run.
“And for the team it was nice, we looked like we could score at will today which hasn’t been the case for a little while so that is great ahead of another challenging week.
“The second half I think was just what we and management have been waiting for. Things clicking, partnerships. Quality at the right times, the defence were rock solid I don’t think Cal had a touch in the seconnd 45.
“It’s something we will definitely look to build on going into Tuesday. We are always striving to improve, in the week we worked on recycling the ball a bit more. Jordan's goal probably showed exactly that with the passage before it All in all it's another tough place ticked off. Three more points and we go into two massive games this week now.”