The Bears got off to the best possible start. They were awarded a free-kick just inside their own half, Rick Peters took it and played the ball to the edge of Rylands penalty area, finding Dan Cope. Cope turned and beat his marker, looked up and fired into the corner of the net. Two minutes on the clock and the Bears had the lead.
Rylands looked a stunned and several harsh words were shouted amongst themselves. They had a chance a few minutes later but Craig Ellison got down well to gather. Good work from John Main saw him win a corner. The ball was played in and in the melee that followed, the ball bounced of Johnathan Beaumont’s shin and hit the post with the keeper nowhere.
Rylands started to take control and saw most of the ball but couldn’t find a way through a resolute Bears defence. A corner played into the Bears box evaded everyone and then White had a clear header but put it straight into Ellison’s arms. Josh Ryder and Tom Morris both worked well in the centre of the defence with several strong clearing headers. At the other end, Joe Taylor-Mountford mad a strong run for the Bears but saw his final shot go inches wide of the post.
More Rylands pressure and more good work from the defence and Ellison, Paul Connor tracked back well on the right, putting in some strong tackles.
Davies should have equalised on 35 minutes but somehow scooped a clear opening over the bar, then Ellison was left flat footed as a shot came in but luckily it went just wide.
The Bears lost midfielder Beaumont to injury after 39 minutes, Leon Donnelly replacing him. Rylands finally broke through on 43 minutes. Good work by Jones down the right saw a good cross and Lomax was on hand to finish.
Half Time Rylands 1-1 Congleton Town
The second half started in the worst fashion for the Bears Scarisbrook scoring just 3 minutes into the half. Worse was to follow four minutes later. Peters collected a long ball just outside the Bears area, under pressure he played it back to Ellison who, also under pressure, tried to dribble it past Scarisbrook but lost out and the Rylands man had a simple tap in to make 3-1.
Rylands were now dominating the game and the Bears were reduced to occasional forays forward. A double substitution saw the introduction of Bevan Burey and Declan Fletcher and both provided much needed impetus, pushing the Bears forward with much more purpose.
Jones came close for the home side with a rasping shot which went just wide then a Bears corner was fired in but the deflected shot went wide. Fletcher then did well with the ball just outside the box but couldn’t get a final shot away. The same player won a free-kick out wide which was played in but headed clear. Burey was causing problems down the Rylands left and a good cross was just grabbed at the last by the keeper.
Scarisbrook should have had his hat-trick on 80 minutes but fired over from close range with just Ellison to beat. Peters and Burey then linked up well and a cross in found Taylor-Mountford but his shot was over the bar.
Cope really tested the keeper from 40 yards after he collected the ball and saw the keeper off his line. His shot was destined for the far corner of the net, only for the keeper to back pedal and tip the ball round the post.
Rylands made the game safe after 88 minutes, Molyneux scoring with a fine finish to make it 4-1. The Bears weren’t finished though and deep into added time Taylor-Mountford got on the end of a low cross at the far post and finished well.
Full Time Rylands 4-2 Congleton Town
The home side were worthy winners and had dominated large parts of the game. The Bears looked better after the subs, but they have much to work on.
Team: Ellison, Connor, Peters, Ryder, Morris, Brislen, Main (Burey 54), Beaumont (Donnelly 39), Cope, Taylor-Mountford, Lorde (Fletcher 54)
Unused: McLellan, Higham
This weekend the Bears travel to Charnock Richard.