Martin’s Magic, Dolan’s Delight
Saturday, 5th January 2019. KO 3.00pm.
The Hallmark Security NWCFL, First Div. South.
Sandbach United 2 Wythenshawe Amateurs 2
Scorers - Aikenhead (7), Dolan (90+8)
Ammies first game in 2019 proved to be competitive, with an 8 minute stoppage time equaliser from Alan Dolan keeping their unbeaten run intact.
Wythenshawe were immediately on the front foot with their probing passing, but it was equally clear this was not gong to be an easy afternoon as Sandbach showed they are a good solid side.
It was Wythenshawe who took the lead after only 7 minutes, a free kick on the right was floated in by Jordan Burton, Joel Aikenhead was first to the ball knocking in from 10 yards. 0-1.
Sandbach took the game to Wythenshawe, Kieran Garner-Knapper causing problems for the Ammies defence, a run down the right he put a through ball in to Jordan Davies, a good strike on goal only denied by a world class save from Ammies keeper Martin Blain.
Wythenshawe responded, this time Rory Fallon with a run down the wing to Danny Egan who netted but disallowed for offside.
It was now toe to toe, with Sandbach’s Jordan Erdmann firing wide. Sandbach’s pressure came to fruition in the 19th minute, Billy Buckley, free, struck from the edge of the box, through the crowded penalty area and in. 1-1.
Both sides now looking for the advantage, errors creeping in, passing going astray, chances being squandered.
On the half hour mark Burton cut in from the left, looked up, placed shot but inches wide, an good effort from Aikenhead blocked, Carl Brady put in a cross met by the head of Egan who hit the bar.
With two minutes before the break Sandbach’s Davies was bundled to the ground in the penalty box, he chose to take the resultant penalty, to Blain’s left, Blain down to his left, yet another world class save.
The second half mirrored the first, both sides with chances, Wythenshawe’s Fallon strike blocked, Sandbach’s Davies going wide.
Wythenshawe’s manager looking for the winner, freshened things up, Alan Dolan replacing Brady, who had worked tirelessly.
But it was Sandbach who had a golden opportunity to take the lead when Davies was clipped in the box, fell easily, referee pointing to the spot, this time upstepped Ryan Allcock, this time going in the opposite direction but pulled it wide.
Wythenshawe again responded, Burton with a cross to Egan whose shot was smothered by Sandbach’s keeper Ryan Moss.
Again both teams toe to toe, Sandbach’s sub Kris Stockton somehow over the bar from 6 yards.
Wythenshawe’s Fallon with great footwork going through three players, cross was blocked.
Davies had a volley tipped onto the bar by Blain, ball came back out to Sandbach, a superb sliding tackle enough to stop the attack.
With 7 minutes remaining of normal time Sandbach took the lead, a free kick on the right was met by Matt Pearson header just escaping Blain. 2-1.
The game now went into added time, and correctly, time added on added time, no need to bore our readers where the time came from.
In the 8th minute of this time, Ammies sensationally levelled, the ball was put into the crowded area, three Wythenshawe players ready to pull the trigger with Dolan getting the touch. 2-2.
Only time remained for the restart.
Wythenshawe never give up, and this game was no different. Character and Belief was shown by the whole squad and management.
Wythenshawe AFC : 1. Martin Blain, 2. Luke Worth, 3. Joe Denman, 4. Chris Howard (C), 5. Richard Gresty, 6. Dom Lillie, 7. Rory Fallon, 8. Joel Aikenhead, 9. Jordan Burton, 10. Danny Egan, 11. Carl Brady.
Subs : 12. Alan Dolan (Brady 56), 16. Will Ahern (Aikenhead 70).
Subs not used : 14. Pat O’Brien, 15. Adam Walker, 17. Bobby Russell.
Booked - Howard, Burton, Dolan.
Referee - Simon Robinson.
Man of the Match - Martin Blain.