06 Jul 2022 in News
Tuesday 5th July
Cheadle Heath Nomads 1-1 Wythenshawe Report
Town held to a 1-1 draw away at Cheadle Heath in a scrappy affair
Wythenshawe travelled to the ProSeal Stadium on Tuesday evening for a 7:45 pm kick-off, in their second pre-season friendly. The opponents were Cheadle Heath Nomads F.C. a side currently playing one division below Town in the North West Counties League Division One South.
The game began at a very fast pace, both teams were out of the blocks and looking for an early goal. Cheadle had a shot deflected and Joel Fletcher managed to push it out for a corner of which another Cheadle player headed just over the bar.
Soon after, the Nomads opened the score sheet. A ball was played through the Wythenshawe defence and Fletcher came out to clear. He was the first to the ball, however, it got caught up in his legs and amidst the confusion, the Cheadle attacker was able to gain possession. With only a defender on the line that could stop him, the goal was scored, and Wythenshawe were 1-0 down within 11 minutes.
Just a few moments later Wythenshawe looked like scoring, the attack started from the back and with some great build up play the ball landed at Brad Byrne's feet on the right wing. As he ran at the full back he was blocked and went down just inside the 18-yard box, there was a penalty appeal but unfortunately, they were all dismissed by the referee.
Aaron Dwyer was also victim to a foul this time just outside of the box, three Cheadle defenders surrounded Dwyer and there was a definite push in the back. However, once again the referee didn’t blow his whistle.
Town was finally awarded a freekick in a similar position when Max Leonard went down. Leonard stood over the ball and with a cheeky pass on the ground to the left of the wall, Arron Dwyer was left with a great opportunity on goal, but it was met with a good stop from the Cheadle keeper.
Town was let off the hook after a misplaced throw by Fletcher was latched onto by the Cheadle striker, luckily his defence was able to deal with the danger and clear the ball.
At the 30-minute mark, Jerome Wright found himself one on one with the keeper but his shot was met with another save of equal quality by the Cheadle keeper who has kept them in the game so far.
Nearing the halfway point Cheadle had a deflected shot saved and put out for a corner. From the corner, the ball fell nicely to one of their players on the edge of the Wythenshawe box his strike was blocked but the attack wasn’t over. Play was moved over to the left and side where a shot from a narrow angle was made, Fletcher was beaten, but the ball bounced off the far post and away from Town's goal.
Cheadle looked very strong in the first half, but there were plenty of opportunities at both ends and Town looked like scoring. Moving into the second half James Kinsey made a few changes bringing the likes of Bryan and Newell onto the field. The teams came out with tons of aggression with the opening minutes of the half being host to a few hard challenges from both sides.
A poor challenge on Max Leonard leads to a yellow card for a Cheadle player. The deep freekick was played into the box by Steven Hewitt but it was cleared for a corner, and nothing came of it. Another freekick was given to Wythenshawe in a similar position and again but out for a corner by the Cheadle defence.
Wythenshawe were finally able to equalise with a perfectly placed ball into the box from the left-hand side. Matty Bryan Finished with a glancing header into the far corner. An excellent finish to put the game level just before the hour mark.
Bryan’s goal opened the flood gates, and the game became end to end with both sides gunning for another goal. The last half hour was the host for a magnitude of chances and Wythenshawe were on top for most of the half. The best opportunity came from a Bryan run down the left, he took it past his man and squared it to Jack Coop, with two defenders on him Coop managed to get a shot off. He bent it around the defenders, and it was heading for the top right corner when the Cheadle keeper made a subline save to push it out for a corner.
In the final 10 minutes, the pace of the game started to decrease, and tensions were rising. A ball was played into the Cheadle box and on the goal line, Kiel O’Brian managed to miss kick the ball and hit it away from goal. Brandon Newell gained possession but was met with a battle with a Cheadle midfielder the challenge for the ball became nasty when the Cheadle man kicked out at Newell. The referee ended up giving Newell a yellow card for his reaction to the foul and play went on.
Wythenshawe’s performance in the first half was a juxtaposition to that of Saturdays, however, Kinsey’s halftime team talk turned them round and in the second half, they looked back to their best. Despite the score line, the second half was host to some good passages of play from Town, this can hopefully be carried into Saturday’s clash against National League side Altringham, which we’re all excited for.