Wythenshawe Town and Rylands FC played out a score draw on a sun draped afternoon at Ericstan Park.
The visitors edged the first half and were gifted the opening goal of the afternoon on 18 minutes when defender Kieran Keeney tried to shield the ball back to goalkeeper Kelsey Robinson, but just as the ball had reached Robinson, Rylands midfielder Przemak Staniszewski nipped in and took the ball and finished into an empty net.
Just three minutes after conceding, the hosts striker Leon Grandison found himself clean through behind the visitor’s defence after being played in by Omar Thompson. The striker ended up going down inside the penalty area after a challenge from goalkeeper Conor Yarwood, but despite big claims for a penalty kick the referee waved it away and awarded the visitors a goal kick.
On 38 minutes the visitors had a glorious opportunity to double their advantage after a corner was played to the far post, James Daniels met it with a powerful header but saw his effort hit the outside of the post and the Wythenshawe defence cleared away the danger.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 0-1 Rylands FC
The start of the second half saw both teams trying to establish control. It wasn’t until just after the hour mark that either goalkeeper had anything of any note to do, this was when Rylands goalkeeper Yarwood had to pick the ball out the back of his net.
After Omar Thompson’s free kick found half time substitute Sam Barnett on the edge of the area, the Wythenshawe midfielder saw his effort blocked by the Rylands defence only for the ball to fall to the unmarked Ash Leather who fired home from six yards out.
Thompson and Barnett combined well again on 69 minutes, but Barnett’s shot from the edge of the area went just wide of the upright.
Heading into the final ten minutes of the game Wythenshawe had the best of the chances to claim all three points. Firstly, after Ash Leather charged down Conor Yarwood’s clearance the ball fell to Leon Grandison but his goal bound shot was saved by Yarwood who managed to scamper back to his goal line and push wide of his post.
Just a minute later Wythenshawe did have the ball in the back of the net after centre half Ben Pond rose highest from a corner and headed home, only for the referee to rule the goal out for an alleged foul on goalkeeper Yarwood, meaning that both sides had to settle for a point a piece.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 1-1 Rylands FC
Wythenshawe Town are next in action on Tuesday 29th August 2017 when we travel to Ashton Town, kick off 7.45pm.