Midfield dynamos reignite Ammies engine against Motors
Saturday, 29th December 2018 KO 3.00pm
Hallmark Security NWCFL, First Div. South
Wythenshawe Amateurs 1 Vauxhall Motors 1
Scorer - Egan (42 pen).
Following the record crowd on Boxing Day, 254 fans returned, again top five in step 6 in the country, thank you for your support, on thank you’s - thank you also to the club’s steward Rachel Greenwood, all the staff and volunteers who were all magnificent dealing with the very large festive crowds.
This game lived up to expectations, Wythenshawe top of the league against Vauxhall Motors, once of the Conference League, it was always going to be close.
Vauxhall kicked off as the Ammies attacked the Hill End of the Dream Arena. Vauxhall went straight into top gear whilst Ammies were looking for theirs.
Vauxhall’s Ben Holmes with the first strike on goal, saved by Ammies keeper Martin Blain, minutes later Ammies were lucky not to concede when Joe Brandon put a cross in from the right, across the six yard box, no one on the end of it.
It wasn’t long before Vauxhall took the lead, in the 10th minute Vauxhall with a free kick on the right put the ball in, Ammies cleared, fell to Vauxhall’s Haydn Cooper who rifled in from 30 yards, wide of Blain but inside the right post. 0-1.
The Ammies started to find the gears, Jordan Burton free kick from the edge of the box punched out by Vauxhall’s keeper Kristofer Leigh, there was no frightening him.
Wythenshawe started to play their customary passing game, Carl Brady to Rory Fallon to Burton back to Fallon who just outside the box on the left struck only to be denied by a fingertip save over the bar from Leigh.
It was now end to end play, around the half hour mark Vauxhall’s Holmes and David Webb both going wide.
With five minutes before the break, Burton free kick to Brady whose shot was scooped against the post by Leigh. Minutes later Fallon gathered the ball, into the opposition area, whilst looking for options he was brought down, up stepped Danny Egan who as ever calmly but firmly netted. 1-1.
Minutes into the second half, Wythenshawe’s Luke Worth with a great tackle was then upended into the railings, Vauxhall continuing to show their physical side, a robust disagreement ensued involving many players resulted in two yellow’s for both teams, the referee handled what could have been explosive excellently and play continued.
The Ammies midfield of Joel Aikenhead, Brady, Dom Lillie and Fallon took control of the game putting Vauxhall under relentless pressure.
Burton causing Vauxhall’s Tom Mitchell and Greg Drummond problems all afternoon, they struggled to contain his pace, like many teams before having to resort to bringing him down. He is a young, gifted and pacy player who football needs to protect otherwise the game will lose him and players like him.
The 70th minute, another Burton free kick found Richard Gresty whose effort went over, minutes later again Burton was chopped down - how many ! - resultant free kick going wide.
Both teams now going for the winner, Vauxhall’s Kieran Hamm heading over and a great fierce strike from Mitchell denied by Blain with an outstanding, outstretched, horizontal, acrobatic save. We have goals of the season, if we ever had saves of the season this would be amongst them.
Wythenshawe had the last chance of taking the game, but Burton’s free kick from the edge of the box hit the wall.
Wythenshawe’s number 1 fan panicked - please don’t panic. All our players put a shift in, against a good side, we played well and on balance we were unlucky not to take all three points.
Returning to thank you’s, thank you must go to the players, coaches and the managers of Shane Goldrick and Darren Lyons who have all done incredibly well, they are not only dealing with a team, they are dealing with a squad, it cannot be easy , thank you to all the squad for their loyalty and patience.
Wythenshawe AFC : 1. Martin Blain, 2. Luke Worth, 3. Joe Denman, 4. Chris Howard (C), 5. Richard Gresty, 6. Joel Aikenhead, 7. Carl Brady, 8. Dom Lillie, 9. Jordan Burton, 10. Danny Egan, 11. Rory Fallon.
Subs : 12. Adam Walker (Brady 80).
Subs not used : 14. Ryan Lyons, 15. Pat O’Brien, 16. Marcus Burnett, 17. Mike Henry.
Booked - Denman, Howard, Lillie, Burton, Lyons, Henry.
Referee - Yasmin Saeed.
Man of the Match - Carl Brady