06 Mar 2022 in News
Saturday 5th March
Litherland REMCYA 0-1 Wythenshawe Town report
Deanne Smalley strike is enough to see Wythenshawe edge out relegation threatened Litherland REMCYA.
Deanne Smalley’s delightful first half curling strike is sufficient for Town obtaining all three points on Merseyside, against a rigid and rejuvenated Litherland REMCYA: victory for Wythenshawe sees them remain in third, with two games in hand on promotion rivals Skelmersdale heading into the business end of the season. But for Litherland REMCYA, defeat brings the much-feared fate of relegation much closer.
Victory for the visitors sees James Kinsey’s side maintain their unbeaten run in the new year, that can see Town rise to just a point behind Skelmersdale, who currently occupy the playoff spot, if they are to attain maximum points from their 2 games in hand.
However, despite the triumph on Saturday, the performance contrasted the clinical edge to which James Kinsey’s side have showcased in recent weeks, with the exclusion of Congleton in midweek.
Wythenshawe came into Saturday’s fixture as heavy favourites having defeated Litherland REMCYA 6-0 earlier in the season but struggled to reach the levels attained throughout their unbeaten run, and lacking their usual potency in front of goal, missing an abundance of chances in both halves.
The first of the missed chances was conjured up in the early exchanges, as Wythenshawe forward, Matty Bryan, was played in over the top, resulting in him being left one on one with Ryan Jones, but saw his effort easily grasped by the Litherland REMCYA keeper.
Wythenshawe then created an identical chance to the one previous, as Bryan was played in down the left, in behind the Litherland REMCYA defence, but his effort was saved impressively by Ryan Jones yet again.
However, if the visitor’s forwards were lacking potency in the final third, the defenders certainly weren’t, as Deanne Smalley picked up the ball on the edge of the opponent’s penalty area, before unleashing a sublime curling effort into the top corner, leaving Ryan Jones rooted, opening the scoring.
With Wythenshawe’s dominance in the first 45 minutes, Litherland REMCYA struggled to forge any chances or sustain any possession of their own, until prior to half time, as a cross from the right channel missed everyone in the penalty area, falling to James Hammill at the back post, whose strike was comfortably saved by Morgan Bacon in the Wythenshawe goal.
Bacon appeared a spectator throughout the encounter, with his defence doing enough to refute any of the infrequent attacks made by Litherland REMCYA.
The second half appeared much the same for the visitors, as Bryan’s half volley early on was impressively saved Ryan Jones once more.
The Litherland REMCYA keeper certainly impressed on Saturday, maintaining the score at only 1-0, as he saved his side on numerous occasions, denying the likes of Matty Bryan from adding to their tally this season.
Wythenshawe could have made the last few minutes easier viewing for the travelling fans once again, as Darius Palma picked up the ball on the right channel, before beating the opposing full back, heading into the penalty area, and blazing his curling effort over the bar from close range.
Bryan then had another chance to add to his tally this season, as he latched onto a ball in behind the opponent’s defence on another occasion, but his tame left footed strike was dealt with by Ryan Jones with ease.
However, 3 points were achieved despite a scrappy affair on Merseyside, that leaves Wythenshawe in good stead heading into the dying moments of the season,