01 Sep 2019 in Match Reports
Wright on target
Town Take on St Martins
Town march on to the second round draw of the FA Vase as they put on yet another goal fest against Goole AFC in a stunning 5-2 victory.
Goole came into the tie as outright favourites, being the only team in the North East Counties Premier division to still have an impeccable record from the start of the season.
However, the omens were good for Town coming into this one, having scored 16 in the previous four outings, winning three and drawing just one.
Stuart Wellstead made it three braces in five games and Aaron Dwyer continued his rich vein of scoring form, fresh from his bank holiday hat-trick.
Jerome Wright scored his first competitive goal in ten games while Brad Byrne took his tally to four goals in all competitions this season.
Goole overturned Town’s early 1-0 deficit but the hosts prevailed in domineering fashion to take an impressive scoop and send a message to the rest of the competitors.
How the game panned out
Almost a carbon copy of what happened in our last game as Aaron Dwyer once again opened the scoring after a slide-rule pass from Jack Timmons allowed the winger to cut inside onto his right foot and drill it inside the near post after opening up his body.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Blues as an Archie Brown corner was flicked on for Kieran Mortimer to thump home a header from close proximity, leaving Callum Jakovlevs helpless.
The visitors proceeded to turn the tie on its head as Jakovlevs’ attempted punched clearance only fell as far as the feet of Devonte Newman-Morton who made Town pay for the error with a clinical finish.
Wellstead washes woes away
Wellstead may have been disappointed individually following our 7-0 hammering of Cheadle Town on Monday, having not been able to get himself onto the scoresheet and missing a penalty in the process.
However, the forward showed every ounce of his experience to bounce back in tremendous fashion, having the gall to once again step up to the penalty spot and fire home from 12-yards after Dwyer was cropped down in the area.
Jack Timmons, recently defected from the other side of Wythenshawe, again proved instrumental as his chipped ball through the Goole ranks found Wellstead who nudged off his pursuer and lifted his strike into the far corner with his left foot-restoring the lead on the stroke of 45 minutes.
After the restart, Goole were reduced to ten men following Ben Greasley’s high challenge that left Dwyer in a painful heap and subsequently was forced to hobble off the field for a scan on his knee.
Despite the injury setback Town continued to flourish as Liam Crellin-Myers turned his man effortlessly before producing an outstanding left-footed cross to Brad Byrne who powered home a bullet header into the top corner, past Sam Riches who could only be a spectator.
Jerome Wright then sealed the scoring for the day after Wellstead had peeled away to the back post to nod across to Byrne who forced a superb reflex save from Riches, only for the full-back to follow up and head in Town’s fifth of the afternoon.
Wellstead might be ruing his chance of getting his first hat-trick in Town blue when he was put through on goal but blazed his one-on-one effort wide of the mark.
All-round, it was a superb performance from back to front against supposedly higher ranked opposition.
With the exciting youth prospects of Jan Palinkas and Max Lewens starting to come of age and the vast experience with the of Wellstead, Wright, Smalley and co; Town look extremely well poised to achieve whatever they put their mind to.
James Kinsey- “It was another dominant performance. Goole were unbeaten this season so we knew it was going to be a tough game.
“We got an early goal but then had a spell where we over-complicated things and they've punished us to turn the game around and go 2-1 up.
“There's a winning mentality about the group now though and we just went through the gears from there. 5-2 could have had 7 or 8 but for their keeper so it wasn't a result that flattered us.
“Skelmersdale away in the next round won't be easy, but hopefully we can get a bit of a run going and who knows.”