28 Oct 2017 in Match Reports
Wythenshawe Town ended October on a high as they ran out comprehensive 4-1 winners against Billinge FC at Ericstan Park.
The visitors started the game well and had the majority of the early possession, but it was Wythenshawe who created the first real clear-cut opportunity of the game when striker Niall Rhodes found Jake Gregory unmarked on the edge of the area but his strike was straight at Jamie Scott in the Billinge goal.
From here though it was all Wythenshawe and on 24 minutes they took the lead when a ball into the Billinge penalty area was deflected up in the air, Niall Rhodes beat Jamie Scott to it and headed over the top of him and into an empty goal. Just six minutes later and the hosts doubled their advantage when Rhodes found David Moreno wide left and he fizzed in a cross across the floor which was deflected beyond Scott in the Billinge goal by his own player.
Wythenshawe continued to put the pressure on the visitors and on 39 minutes the ball fell to Niall Rhodes 25 yards from goal but his effort was well kept out by Jamie Scott. A minute later and Rhodes did beat Scott for his second of the afternoon, after good link-up play with strike partner Godfred Amankwaa, Rhodes received the ball on the edge of the area and his powerful effort gave the Billinge goalkeeper no chance.
On the stroke of halftime, the visitors had a terrific opportunity to claw their way back into the match, when a long ball forward was met by Ryan Sephton but his effort from close range was well saved by Ben Daniels.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 3-0 Billinge FC
After the break, it was very much the same with Wythenshawe very much on top and on 47 minutes Niall Rhodes completed his hat-trick after Ryan McCue cross from the right wasn’t dealt with by the Billinge defence and the ball fell to Rhodes who slammed home from close range.
Just four minutes later and Wythenshawe had the opportunity to add a fifth to their tally, with Rhodes and Amankwaa linking up again and this time it was Amankwaa who had the opportunity as he was unmarked in the Billinge penalty area but his effort was straight at Jamie Scott who made a simple save.
On 72 minutes substitute, Cyrion Allen had another opportunity to add to the Wythenshawe tally after he was played in behind the Billinge defence by Omar Thompson but his effort went wide of the far post.
Despite being 4-0 down, Billinge continued to try and create opportunities and on 86 minutes they grabbed a consolation goal after a ball was played straight to Liam Bowden from the Wythenshawe defence he slotted beyond Ben Daniels from close range.