in football you get out of a game what you put into it and
this was the case in the first half against a distinctly average
Wythenshawe Town team on Saturday.
Although the side that took to the pitch was much depleted
from recent weeks, the application, work rate and commitment
was totally unacceptable, with the main culprits being those
harbouring aspirations of 1st team football.
game started fairly evenly but Wythenshawe soon began to dominate
and although their football was direct and predictable Mossley
were unable to compete due to a lack of commitment in certain
first goal came on 25 minuntes - a long punt down the middle
from the keeper was flicked on unchallenged by the centre
forward which left one of their midfield players who had made
a run clear and completely free, one on one with Joe Potts
who was helpless to stop the resulting shot.
second came from the penalty spot. A shot from the Wythenshawe
captain was very well saved by Potts, parrying the ball to
his left and in doing so clearing the immediate danger, however,
the Wythenshawe player who seized upon the loose ball and
was shepherding the ball away from the goal toward the corning
flag when he was up-ended by Alex Chesters. From the resulting
spot kick Potts made an excellent save down to his right but
with no Mossley player following in the same Wthenshawe player
was able to dispatch the rebound.
Mossley defence now under constant pressure Wthenshawe hit
a third. The ball was worked down their right and from the
resulting cross a Wythenshawe player headed in unmarked from
six yards. Mossley did briefly threaten the Wythenshawe back
four but failed to test the keeper.
were made at the interval and one or two players were told
in no uncertain terms that their first half display was not
acceptable. However, with the second half barely five minutes
old a Wythenshawe free kick from their left flank was floated
in and with no challenge from the opposition the Mossley defence
failed to clear their lines with the ball running to the Wythenshawe
right winger who claimed his second of the match.
point Mossley upped there work rate and to their credit made
more of a fist of it and eventually pulled a goal back. Raducio
King took a free kick from the edge of the Wythenshawe penalty
area which deflected off the wall and Alex Byrne pounced on
continued to attack from the restart with King wasting three
clear chances, one on the goal line with an open goal and
no Wythenshawe player in sight.
chance of a fight back was effectively over with 20 minutes
remaining. Wythenshawe again breached the Mossley right flank
far to easily and whipped in a cross which was dispatch unchallenged
into the top right hand corner of the goal to make it 5-1.
are positives to take from every game and even a performance
as poor as this is no different, Joe Potts in goal had an
excellent game and made several fine saves and showed the
fight and desire sadly lacking from several of his team mates
as did Alex Byrne who at times was on his own in midfield.
players in the team will also hopefully have learnt from the
experience, however, I don't think many of the senior experienced
players in the team will be in a rush to hear my report to
by Rob Byrne