18 Aug 2017 in Match Reports
Wythenshawe backed up Tuesday night’s draw on the road against Poynton, with a 4-1 victory over Malpas at in their first home league fixture of the season.
It was the visitors who started the better side, but saw chances limited to set pieces. Dan Lloyd had a couple of early corners for Malpas but the Wythenshawe defence stood strong to clear their lines, before Malpas’ Stuart Dickin saw his free kick fall at the feet of Joe Lunt but his effort from close range was again closed down by the hosts defence.
Despite making the better start to the game, it was the hosts who took the lead on 15 minutes when Kayle Power played through Leon Grandison and the latter poked the ball beyond the oncoming Liam Dawson in the Malpas goal to get his second goal in two games.
Just seven minutes later and the visitors had a glorious opportunity to draw level, after breaking out they found themselves in a 2 on 1 situation and captain Alex Hughes played in Dan Lloyd who was completely unmarked in the area but as Lloyd was about to shoot he fell and the ball ended up in the arms of goalkeeper Kelsey Robinson.
But just one minute later Malpas did draw level, after a long ball forward found Hughes and he beat Wythenshawe centre half Ben Pond and fired under Kelsey Robinson. Just after the half hour mark the visitors could have taken the lead when a free kick was met by Thomas Milburn but his header went just inches wide of the upright.
Just a minute later though and Malpas were made to pay for missed chances as Wythenshawe took the lead, when Kayle Power’s free kick was met by Ash Leather who rose highest and headed beyond Dawson and into the far corner.
Halftime: Wythenshawe Town 2-1 Malpas FC
The hosts began the second half on the front foot and could have gone further ahead after, fullback Jake Gregory won the ball on the edge of the area, he set up Kayle Power but his effort went just wide of Dawson’s far post.
On 49 minutes Malpas were gifted an opportunity, after a long ball came forward Wythenshawe goalkeeper Kelsey Robinson should have made a routine save but he spilled the ball, and Malpas substitute Tom Hughes fired over from close range. Hughes then had another glorious opportunity on 58 minutes to draw the visitors level, after being played in behind the Wythenshawe back four the substitute fired over the bar again this time from the edge of the area.
Malpas continued their spell of dominance and just beyond the hour mark, captain Alex Hughes managed to free himself on the edge of the area but saw his curling effort cannon straight back off the crossbar.
Heading into the final 15 minutes, Hughes found himself unmarked in the Wythenshawe area after a corner came to the far post, but his effort was drilled straight into the hands of Robinson in the Wythenshawe goal.
After that Wythenshawe began to take control of the game and could have been out of site on 80 minutes when winger Ash Leather found himself clean through on goal, but his chipped effort was well saved by Dawson who then clutched the loose ball. Leather then was found by substitute David Moreno on 83 minutes inside the penalty area but his shot was straight at Dawson who was able to make a routine save.
The hosts hearts must have been in their mouths on 89 minutes, after a shot from range was deflected by the Wythenshawe defence and fell to Joe Lunt in the area but he fired over the upright.
Deep into injury time Wythenshawe did wrap up all 3 points after striker Leon Grandison pressured goalkeeper Dawson, the Malpas shot stopper cleared the ball straight into the path of Niall Rhodes who fired fired home into an empty net from outside the area. The hosts weren’t finished there though, as on 95 minutes Ash Leather grabbed his second of the afternoon and he closed down a clearance and rounded Dawson and hit home into an empty net.
Fulltime: Wythenshawe Town 4-1 Malpas
Wythenshawe Town are back in action at Ericstan Park Tuesday 15th August against Linotype Cheadle Heath Nomads, kick off is 18.45.