30 Jan 2022 in News
Town score seven as Runcorn Town put to the sword. Palma nets a hat trick, Bryan nets a brace & goals from Leonard & Byrne round off a stellar team performance.
Darius Palma bags a hattrick to ensure Wythenshawe maintain the pressure on the leading pack in a stellar display at home to a dejected Runcorn Town on Saturday.
Goals from Brad Byrne, Max Leonard, a brace from Matty Bryan, and the hat-trick from Darius Palma sees Wythenshawe close the gap to Skelmersdale following their 3-1 defeat at Macclesfield.
James Kinsey’s side certainly seemed eager to rectify last weekend’s lacklustre display at Prestwich, putting on a commanding performance that send’s a warning to the rest of the league. Wythenshawe’s dominance began in the early exchanges, through sustaining attacks, and not permitting the visitors to muster any possession of their own. But it took until the 15th minute for the home side to open the scoring with Matty Bryan being slipped in on goal, before taking it past the keeper and pulling it back to Brad Bryne who slotted the ball into an empty net.
Wythenshawe continued to press back Runcorn, as Jerome Wright was slipped in down the left channel, pulling the ball back towards Matty Bryan in the penalty area, but before the forward could register a shot on goal, a last-ditch tackle from the away side managed to keep the score at 1-0.
Despite the home side dictating the game, there wasn't anything of note until the 41st minute through which Brad Byrne was played in down the right flank before whipping in a sumptuous ball on to the head of an unmarked Darius Palma in the penalty area to score his first goal of the afternoon.
After half time, there was a resurgence from the away side who made a change at half time and appeared to alter their system to a more offensive approach, managing to maintain spells of possession in the opponent’s half, but without ever worrying Morgan Bacon in the Wythenshawe goal.
Wythenshawe should have put the game to bed just a few minutes later, after some good work from the midfield saw Matty Bryan put in on goal, who managed to beat the opponents offside trap, before unselfishly squaring the ball across the six-yard box to Brad Byrne, but the Runcorn defence managed to recover in time to make a goal saving tackle.
Just a few minutes later the game was put to bed, after a quickly taken throw in from captain Jerome Wright found Matty Bryan in space, who bore down on Adam Reid in the Runcorn goal, but the forward was too quick for the keeper, who weaved his way past him before squaring the ball to Darius Palma who slotted it home, claiming his second of the match.
Just 14 minutes later Matty Bryan made it 4, after Darius Palma showcased his dazzling feet, managing to again weave his way through the opponent’s defence before slipping in Matty Bryan who completed a quick one two with substitute Max Leonard, before the number 9 scored into an empty net.
The substitute should’ve then scored one of his own after Casian Anghel delivered a dangerous ball into the box, with Max Leonard unmarked in the penalty area only managing to divert his header wide of the goal.
Just 5 minutes later it was 5, as Darius Palma completed his hat-trick, as he was put in behind by Connor Brotherton’s delightful ball over the top, which managed to beat the offside trap yet again, before Palma volleyed the ball past the keeper.
Wythenshawe then scored again just two minutes later, as Max Leonard slipped Matty Bryan in on goal, with the forward’s initial effort forcing a save from Adam Reid, before the Wythenshawe frontman notched in the rebound and completed his brace.
The performance was then topped off when Substitute Max Leonard made it 7, with Matty Bryan managing to beat the offside trap once more, before yet again squaring the ball across the box to a teammate, and this time it was Max Leonard who benefitted from Matty Bryan’s selflessness.
In the end it was an impressive performance from Wythenshawe with the result helping the players gain vital confidence ahead of next week’s massive clash as Town host Skelmersdale United at Ericstan Park.