Tuesday 28h March
North West Counties Football League First Division South
Brocton 1 Wythenshawe Amateurs 2
Injuries continued to befall Brocton with Adam Weldon, injured at Maine Road on Saturday, and Will Finlay, in the warm-up, missing out. In came Luke Haddaway, for Weldon, and there was a first start for Lewis Rowley in midfield. Wythenshawe came into the game in fine form and a win would take them to top of the table ahead of long term leaders Stockport Town.
First chance of the game fell to Brocton. A cross from Reg Smith picked out Morgan Payne but he was crowded out by three defenders and eventually the ball was cleared. In the 5th minute, a ball over the top of the Brocton defence allowed Joe Bevan to race towards goal with Jonty Kearns doing enough to stop any chance. A minute later Bryan Ly was booked for simulation after he tried to claim that he had been tripped in the area by Kearns. Both sides were giving as good as they got without creating clear cut openings. A cross from the Wythenshawe right was whipped into the box and well dealt with by the Brocton defence. Wythenshawe took the lead in the 25th minute. Chris Howard played a great ball across from the right and Sam Adewusi was on hand to finish clinically. Brocton went close to an equaliser in the 29th minute. Connor Haddaway floated a free-kick into the area, It was headed back into the box where it was met by a bicycle kick from Smith, the ball beating Kyle Haslam and his post. A corner from Connor Haddaway, was fumbled by Haslam. Tom Vaughan headed back towards goal into the grateful arms of Haslam. In the 41st minute, Haslam collided with his centre-back Paul Riley. The ball fell to Smith and his shot from outside the box drifted wide. A minute later, Kearns had to race off his line to clear the ball away from Ly. Brocton were level in the 45th minute. A free kick from Vaughan reached the feet of Smith. He turned two defenders inside out before placing his shot low into the bottom corner. Wythenshawe responded with a shot on the turn from Saul Henderson which went wide. Three minutes into time added on, a free-kick from Kieran Curtis was headed wide by Arthur Okonkwo.
Half-time: Brocton 1 Wythenshawe Amateurs 1
Wythenshawe started the second half strongly. A snap shot from Ly was saved by Kearns before a shot from Curtis forced a fine save from the young Brocton keeper. Henderson saw a fierce shot blocked before Wythenshawe grabbed the lead in the 51st minute. Curtis played a high ball into the box. Joel Aikenhead outjumped the Brocton defence and the ball looped into the empty net. In the 57th minute, Connor Haddaway was fouled on the edge of the area. Will Whieldon took the free-kick which flashed inches wide of the post. Brocton had another chance on the hour when Smith headed wide from another Connor Haddaway corner. Kearns saved comfortably from Aikenhead as another high ball descended into the Brocton penalty area. Consecutive corners for Brocton put Wythenshawe under pressure but their defensive line stayed resolute. In the 78th minute, a swerving shot by Ly was well saved by Kearns, who then had to dive at the feet of Henderson to complete his work. As hard as Brocton tried, they could not break through and Wythenshawe celebrated at the final whistle as they took over at the top of the league with just three games remaining. Consolation for Brocton was that their play off place was also confirmed following results elsewhere.
Full-Time: Brocton 1 Wythenshawe Amateurs 2 Attendance:135
Brocton: Jonty Kearns, Luke Haddaway, Jake Triggs, Kenny Devoir, Tom Vaughan, Will Whieldon, Lewis Rowley (Sam Scott 64), Charlie King (Alex Curtis 77), Reg Smith, Connor Haddaway, Morgan Payne (Christian Blanchette 80). Subs (Not Used): Brad Rolston, Mario Novaku
Wythenshawe Amateurs: Klye Haslam, Chris Howard, Adam Owen (Declan Lamb 58), Charles Duke, Arthur Okonkwo, Paul Riley, Joel Aikenhead, Sam Adewusi, Saul Henderson, Joe Bevan (Kieran Curtis 19 (Jake Pollard 71)), Bryan Ly (Luke Worth 89). Sub (Not Used): Edward Brown
Yellow Cards: Connor Haddaway, Blanchette (Brocton); Owen, Duke, Adewusi, Ly (Wythenshawe)
Sin Bin: Pollard (Wythenshawe)