Burton on track in narrow triumph
By John Cotton
Ammies remain second with gritty win
Saturday, 3rd November 2018 KO 3.00pm.
Hallmark Security Football League
First Division South.
Wythenshawe Amateurs 1 St. Martins 0
Scorer - Burton (22)
Wythenshawe Amateurs, First Division South club of the month for October, on what threatened to be after the lord mayor's show following the switching on of the lights on Tuesday, 134 returned and this was no after show as the Ammies retained second spot.
Wythenshawe, defending the Clubhouse End, attacked from the off, Jordan Burton with his forays down the left a pass to Alan Dolan who hit over. Minutes later a mirror move, Burton to Dolan this time his left footed strike producing a good save by Saints keeper George Austin.
With both teams trying to get a foothold on the game but cancelling each other out, it took something special to break the deadlock, Will Ahern won the ball on the right, looked up saw Burton on the left, pin point pass, Burton then cut in and drove it inside the near post. 1-0.
St. Martins came at the Ammies with efforts from Tawanda Melusi, Harrison Millington and David Easthope.
The biggest cheer of the afternoon, from Wythenshawe's great support, came when Dolan produced a triple-Cruyff beating three players.
On the half hour mark Saints had a chance to level Easthope was through but Ammies Richard Gresty calmly took the ball off him. A minute later Ammies had a chance to extend their lead but Jimmy Green shot wide.
Ammies keeper, Martin Blain, produced a great save when Saints Karl Bailey was through, passed to Millington and Blain kept Ammies one up going into the break.
The second half Saints came at Wythenshawe, Wythenshawe's defence were absolutely solid, Captain Chris Howard twice clearing off the line. Ammies held firm, with every player putting a shift in. St. Martins arguably were having the better half, but Wythenshawe pressed for the second, David Wright on the hour mark his strike from the edge of the box only stopped by a fingertip save from Austin. Minutes later Burton chipped over.
Ammies manager, Shane Goldrick, brought on Colin Murray for Burton, who had given his all, to freshen Wythenshawe, unlucky for Murray he had to be replaced ten minutes later with a knee problem.
Ammies resolute defending saw three in the book, Dom Lillie, Ahern and Wright.
With minutes remaining Wythenshawe were still going for that elusive second, Kieron Molloy this time down the left shot went wide.
Wythenshawe have three cup games out of the next four matches coming up, no rest for the wicked, but the supporters love it.
Wythenshawe AFC 1. Martin Blain, 2. Chris Howard, 3. Alan Dolan, 4. Joel Aikenhead, 5. Richard Gresty, 6. Luke Worth, 7. Dom Lillie, 8. Will Ahern, 9. Jimmy Green, 10. David Wright, 11. Jordan Burton.
Subs. 12. Colin Murray (Burton 70), 15. Kieron Molloy (Murray 82).
Subs not used. 14. Adam Walker, 16. Ryan Lyons, 17. Carl Brady.
Booked - Lillie, Ahern, Wright.
Referee - Lee Corns.
Man of the Match - Will Ahern