Town start the new year perfectly

05 Jan 2020 in Match Reports

Five unbeaten!

Town made it five unbeaten in the league as goals from Ste Yarwood and Matty Bryan helped turnaround a poor start to beat Ellesmere Rangers 2-1.

Although Ellesmere arrived into this match next to bottom, Town knew it’d be a sterner challenge than the league table was suggesting with Rangers on a three-match winning streak.

And Town felt that in the opening minutes of the fixture, just three minutes had gone-by and Ellesmere were ahead – but Wythenshawe did not help themselves.

Ellesmere’s left-back Connor Courtney lofted a ball over Town’s backline, but miscommunication from Jan Palinkas and Michael Clarke gave Rangers their opening.

Palinkas headed the ball back but the two subsequently collided as a surging Kevin Renshaw was then first to the loose ball – he calmly took it around Callum Jakovlevs to place the ball into an empty net.

It was a sluggish start from Town, but when this side manage to find ‘top gear’ then they are a tough match for any team in this league and that is what they did – helped by scoring an equaliser at the ‘perfect’ time.

With just two minutes before the half-time interval, Ste Yarwood got Town level.

Jordan Burton skilfully flicked on a pass from Lee Gregory to Brad Byrne on the right who burst forward on an open flank. He then perfectly picked-out his man from the by-line with a low cross.

Town had flooded the box with Burton, Will Shawcross and Yarwood, but it was the latter who got picked out on the penalty spot as he calmly slid and placed the ball into a half empty net.

Yarwood has had a tough time as of late with a hernia injury, but he looks to be back close to his best with two goals in his last two games – fantastic comeback.

And whilst it wasn’t a tremendous first half performance from Town, they still entered the break level.

The visitors then stepped it up for the second half and Ellesmere struggled to cope as Town continued to push for that next goal, but it eventually came through Matty Bryan.

But the assist was exquisite.

From the halfway line, Jack Timmons produced a delicate ball over the top to Bryan but with the keeper rushing out, Town’s striker chipped him with a first touch half-volley and scored the winner from 18 yards.

Still with twenty minutes to go, Ellesmere could still have salvaged themselves a point but Town remained resilient and kept Rangers quiet.

With results around them going in their favour, Wythenshawe jumped up to seventh in the table but with up to four games in hand on Abbey Hey in fourth, then Town situate in a great position to challenge for promotion as the season approaches its latter half.

 

-          Edward Hardy  

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