24 Mar 2018 in Match Reports
Wythenshawe Town fell to a heavy 6-1 defeat against second placed Whaley Bridge at Horwich Park.
Town began the game the better side and could have taken the lead in the opening seconds when a long ball forward saw Gavin Salmon pick up the ball and charge into the penalty area only to see his effort well saved by James Tattersall in the Whaley Bridge goal.
Despite an early spell of dominance, the visitors found themselves behind on 11 minutes when a cross from Dan Gilbride was only cleared as far as Bill Sutton and the Whaley Bridge midfielder gave the hosts the lead as he placed his effort into the bottom corner of the goal. Just a minute later Sutton doubled his tally for the afternoon as a free kick was put into the Wythenshawe Town area and although the initial ball was dealt with as the defence managed to clear their lines the second ball found Sutton and turned his marker and he fired beyond Daniels in the Wythenshawe goal.
Just after the half-hour mark, the hosts added to their two-goal tally when Jamie Kay’s free-kick was met at the far post and headed back across goal and Sutton was on hand to head home from close range and complete a 34-minute hat-trick.
Just 5 minutes later Whaley Bridge added their fourth of the afternoon after the Wythenshawe defence dealt with a long ball forward the ball fell to Jack Gregory and his volleyed effort gave Daniels no chance in the Wythenshawe goal.
Halftime: Whaley Bridge 4-0 Wythenshawe Town
Whaley Bridge started the second half on the front foot and were rewarded on 47 minutes when a Dan Gilbride corner was met by George Burgess and he headed home from 6 yards out to give the hosts a 5-0 lead.
Just 3 minutes later the hosts got their sixth goal of the afternoon from the penalty spot after Matty Rowan was adjudged to have committed a foul from a Whaley Bridge corner and Bill Sutton stepped up and sent Ben Daniels the wrong way to get his fourth goal of the afternoon.
Jake Gregory came on as a second-half substitute and he had a chance to grab a consolation goal for Wythenshawe when Ash Leather was played in down the right, his cross was met by Gregory but his glancing header went just wide if the upright.
Town did manage to grab a consolation goal with the last kick of the game when winger Leather picked the ball up just outside the penalty area and beat his marker before firing beyond James Tattersall from close range.
Fulltime: Whaley Bridge 6-1 Wythenshawe Town