20 Dec 2020 in Match Reports
Town maintain perfect start
Wythenshawe Town returned to league action with a ‘bang’ following a 4-0 victory over Cheadle Heath Nomads.
This was Town’s first match in almost two months after a national lockdown, caused by Covid-19, suspended the action.
But the players picked up exactly where they left off to make it six wins out of six in the league this season.
And it only took five minutes for Wythenshawe to get ahead in an attack that started, and ended, with right-back Dom Smalley.
He intercepted the ball just inside Cheadle’s half before driving forward to then lay off a pass to star striker Matty Bryan.
However, his shot was saved by Alex Fowell, but it rebounded out to Smalley who then fired the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.
This is something that quickly set the tempo for the rest of the match as Cheadle were unable to match the sheer quality of this Wythenshawe side.
And shortly after that goal, Town doubled their lead as, this time, Bryan’s shot made it past Fowell after a cut-through pass from Jerome Wright.
He played the ball in behind Cheadle’s defence for Bryan to run on to it and strike across the keeper from an acute angle inside the box.
But with just half an hour on the clock, Wythenshawe then made it 3-0 to put the game out of sight for Cheadle if it wasn’t already.
Grant Spencer delivered a corner to meet the head of Matty Roberts who then knocked it down for Jack Timmons to strike his half-volley into the net from 12 yards.
After 49 days of not playing competitive football, it would have been understandable had Wythenshawe started this game sluggish.
But that first half was as though they had never gone away, and it was up there as one of the best performances from Wythenshawe all season.
And, inevitably, the second half was a bit more subdued which was partly due to the heavens opening after the break.
The rain fell, and it fell hard, and it became incredibly difficult to play any ball in the air due to the wind’s strength.
But the teams carried on and Town still managed to find their way through to make it 4-0.
Smalley drove the ball down the right flank in which his instant cut back then sent Max Greenhalgh tumbling to the floor.
And as soon as he made a little cut back, Smalley delivered a pinpoint cross to an unmarked Bryan in the middle of the six-yard box who then headed low into the corner.
It was the perfect return for Wythenshawe to remain second in the league, just one point behind Vauxhall Motors who have played an extra game.
Next up for Town is a match on boxing day against local rivals, Wythenshawe Amateurs.
What our manager had to say
James Kinsey: “It’s always a tough game against Cheadle Nomads as they pack the centre of the pitch so well, so it becomes hard to get anything through.
“We were happy with it, but disappointed it was only four. Their keeper played a blinder and the weather in the second half helped neither side.
“We’ve played six games and won them all, scoring twenty-seven and conceding just two in the process.
“It shows that the high score lines aren’t a coincidence, but we have to maintain our levels. We haven’t had a completely perfect performance yet which has been down to the stop-start season, I think.
“The lads have been class with the current situation, and we are just taking it one game at a time.”
- Edward Hardy