10 Mar 2019 in Match Reports
Sam Heathcote opens the scoring for Town
Man of the match Brad Byrne
Jerome Wright and Brad Byrne in action against Stone Dominoes
Town v Stone Dominoes
Brad Byrne netted twice after Sam Heathcote’s early opener, as Town cruised to a 3-1 victory over Stone Dominoes.
Town’s Man of the Match slotted and nodded past Stone Dominoes’ goalkeeper Steve Dryden after being hugely influential in the creation of Heathcote’s opener, ensuring Wythenshawe Town returned to league action with a win.
It only took Town 5 minutes to get on the scoresheet following a brilliant move. Byrne picked up a loose ball midway into the Dominoes half and drove towards goal; before playing the ball wide to Ashley Leather, who hit a low first-time cross into Sam Heathcote, for the number 9 to convert expertly.
Minutes later, winger Jerome Wright managed to round the Stone Dominoes goalkeeper and, with the angle ever-tightening, squeezed a low ball across the empty net towards the far post; but the pace of the ball was too much for the arriving Heathcote to convert.
Stone Dominoes had their goalkeeper, Steve Dryden, to thank next after he pulled off an excellent reflex save to deny Matthew Roberts from nodding in a second, following a pinpoint corner from Wright.
The chances continued to come for Town; Leather and Byrne spurned glorious opportunities to extend the lead. The Dominoes goalkeeper was proving to be a tough man to beat.
But when Town did put the ball into the net, the referee ruled it out because Heathcote had impeded the defender before heading the ball home.
The second goal eventually came after 27 minutes; a skewered clearance by Dominoes defender Callum Ward led to disarray in the defence, with the ball ultimately dropping to Byrne, who calmly slotted past Dryden into the bottom right-hand corner.
After the half-hour mark, the game began to open up as Dominoes pushed men forward. A Stone Dominoes corner quickly turned into a Wythenshawe Town counter-attack. Wright picked up the ball from inside his own half and drove at the Dominoes defence; slaloming past defenders but his effort was blocked by Dryden who stood firm.
As half-time loomed, Byrne popped up with a second. Once more, Wright produced some excellent skill down the left-hand side before whipping in an inviting cross for Byrne to head past Dryden. Byrne’s second and Wythy Town’s third, putting the game beyond any doubt before half-time.
However, a comeback was almost on the cards 7 minutes after the restart. Town goalkeeper Mason Mostyn diverted the ball into the path of Dominoes striker Luke Smith, but his attempt was heroically cleared off the line by Matthew Roberts. Town had weathered the storm and remained in cruise-control for the remainder of the match.
Spencer Jenkinson, Ben Steer and, the hero from a fortnight ago, Grant Spencer were introduced as second-half substitutes and caused the Dominoes problems, but ultimately it was the visitors who had the last laugh; Christoph Azimale capitalising on a defensive mix-up, of Town’s own making, to give Stone Dominoes a consolation goal in the 91stminute.
Three points ensure that Wythenshawe Town stays in striking distance of the top 4 and a victory next weekend, away at relegation-threatened Ellesmere Rangers, would set up a showdown against fellow top 4 hopefuls Vauxhall Motors in what could be a crucial game.
Written by Caleb Mazoya