Town vs Maine Road - Match Report

24 Jul 2022 in News

Town vs Maine Road - Match Report Town vs Maine Road - Match Report

Town vs Maine Road - Match Report 

Town faced Maine Road in their final pre-season fixture before the opening fixture, a rainy early morning 11am kick off on Saturday after previous opponents Seaham Red Star had to pull out.

It was a lively start by Town as they pressed from high from the first minute and they almost took the lead in the second minute as Jerome Wright combined well with Matty Bryan down the left wing and teased a ball in which was only narrowly cleared by the Maine Road defence.

Just 2 minutes later Matty Bryan had the first clear cut chance on goal however the Maine Road keeper was equal to it and comfortably got down to save it easily, one thing that was apparent from the start was how well both teams were pressing as Maine Road won the ball back in midfield several times in the opening minutes and got their first real sight of goal in the 7th minute as they had a good opening and a shot on goal that was well over.

Town’s next big chance would come in the 11th minute with Brad Byrne and Matty Bryan not able to get on the end of Aaron Dwyer’s neat cross, with the first 20 minutes came relentless pressure from both sides and Maine Road got their reward in the 22nd minute tapping in from a lofted ball over the Town backline making it 1-0.

It looked like Town had swiftly replied in the 25th minute as Matty Bryan put the ball in the net however the goal was ruled out for offside.

What followed was a dominant spell of possession and multiple chances from Town as James Dwyer headed just wide from a corner and Max Leonard missed the target from 6 yards out just moments later.

As it got closer and closer to half time the game opened up again with Elliot Wynne forced into a couple of good stops to keep Maine Road at bay for the time being, and they would rue the missed chances just a few minutes later as Aaron Dwyer twisted his way through the Maine Road defence and slotted it past the keeper.  Matty Bryan came very close to putting Town ahead on the stroke of half time but couldn’t get enough contact on the ball to take it over the line.

The second half had a fast start as Max Leonard volleyed his shot towards goal however it barely troubled the keeper, chances were much more staggered through the second half as chances get fewer and further between, the build up play however was much improved as Town looked to go ahead.

Jack Coop was unlucky with a fantastic effort in the 64th minute cannoning an effort off the crossbar with the Maine Road Keeper well beaten after that the tempo slowed a bit as both sets of players were visibly tired at this point, however captain Jerome Wright swung in a delightful ball in to Aaron Dwyer who came so close but couldn’t get a good contact on the ball.

Coop who was a nightmare for the Maine Road defence since coming on again caused chaos as he tested the keeper from the edge of the box, who saved quickly down to his left and then produced another great save from the rebound.

Deane Smalley came close to finding a winner in the 87th minute as he headed just wide from a corner, however it looked like Maine Road were going to find a winner, but Arthur Feudjio managed to put a brilliant recovery tackle in to preserve the 1-1 scoreline.

With both sides piling on relentless pressure, it looked as if either side would find a winner but neither side managed in the final few minutes of added time.

James Kinsey’s side start their season away at Irlam next Saturday (30th)  and will look to take the good momentum into the season ahead.

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