Wythenshawe Town left it late but claimed all 3 points against Ashton Town at Ericstan Park. The hosts were completely dominant in the first half and could have been out of sight by the time referee Mr Carroll blew his whistle for halftime.
The first chance for the home side fell to captain Joe Yarwood who was picked out by Leon Grandison. After a sublime ball over the top of the Ashton defence from Ash McGrath was well controlled by Grandison the Wythenshawe striker squared the ball to his strike partner but Yarwood fired over from close range.
Just 7 minutes later Grandison and Yarwood combined well again, with the latter picking out Dan King, but his shot from the corner of the penalty area went inches wide of Paul Fosters’ far post. Foster was then called into action just 2 minutes later when Godfrey Amankwaa’s shot was spilled by the Ashton goalkeeper, and Amankwaa followed in but his second effort go over the bar.
Just before the half hour mark Leon Grandison picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and drove at the Ashton defence, before seeing his curling effort rebound back off the post and into the hands of Paul Foster.
Despite their first half dominance, Wythenshawe nearly found themselves a goal down just before the break as Ashton’s David Dempsey corner was met by the unmarked Lee Thompson but his header from close range went over the top of debutant Dale Latham’s goal.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 0-0 Ashton Town
Both sides came out in the second half looking for the games opening goal and both had early chances. The first fell to Wythenshawe’s Joe Yarwood who saw his shot from inside the penalty area go just wide of Paul Foster’s far post, before Ashton went up the other end and after good feet from James Sigsworth he found Lee Thompson on the edge of the area but his curling effort went just over the crossbar.
Just 3 minutes later Wythenshawe had the best chance of the opening endevours of the second half, when Godfrey Amankwaa and Joe Yarwood combined Amankwaa found himself unmarked in front of goal but his effort somehow went wide of the upright.
The hosts then had another glorious opportunity to take the lead on 74 minutes when substitute, Stefano Dugbor brilliantly controlled a long ball forward 10 yards from goal but his effort was superbly saved by Paul Foster in the Ashton goal.
With just a minute of normal time left on the clock when it looked like we were heading to a stalemate, other Wythenshawe substitute Niall Rhodes broke out down the left and pulled the ball back to the edge of the box where he found Saul Brew-Butler, and the midfielder fired hard and low into Foster’s bottom corner to give the hosts the lead.
After conceding so late on, Ashton commited men forward in search of the equaliser in injury time and found themsleves outnumbered on the break, when Stefano Dugbor broke out he played the ball to the unmarked Niall Rhodes and he ran towards goal and his effort looped over the top of the oncoming Paul Foster in the Ashton goal to double the hosts lead and wrap up the points.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 2-0 Ashton Town
Wythenshawe Town are next in action on Saturday 23rd September 2017 away to Altrincham FC Reserves, kick off 3pm