Wythenshawe Town 1-2 1874 Northwich: Gardner sends 74’ through in the FA Cup
By Jack Owen
Callum Gardner’s strike on the 56th minute was enough to see off North West Counties high flyers Wythenshawe Town.
1874 travelled to Wythenshawe Town for a first ever meeting between the two clubs, looking to bounce back from Tuesdays defeat to Kidsgrove Athletic.
The games start was frantic, with both sides giving it their all trying to get a foothold in the game. It was 74 who broke the deadlock, Ash Woods reacted the quickest to slide in and stab home Callum Gardner’s delivery.
74 were now on top, Lee Jackson nearly had a goal of the season contender, his acrobatic effort had the keeper beaten but went just wide.
Wythenshawe drew level just after the half hour mark, Matthew Bryan rose highest in the middle of the box to power a header in to the bottom right corner of the goal leaving Aghayere with no chance.
The games deciding goal came in the second half, Callum Gardner met Ash Woods cross at the back post with a diving header which was parried by Jakovlevs but only back in to the path of Gardner who was back on his feet to place a finish in to the bottom right corner.
Wythenshawe were reduced to ten men on the hour mark, Jordan Rutter was dismissed for a late lunge on Sam Hare which left the 74 man needing treatment.
As the game became stretched with the hosts chasing an equaliser and playing with ten men, there were a number of chances to put the game to bed. Mike Koral lead a 74 counter attack only to see his effort cleared off the line by Joel Bemba Leta.
The final whistle sounded and it was 74 who did enough to advance to the next round of the FA Cup and keep the Wembley dream alive.
Wythenshawe Town (4-3-3): Callum Jakovlevs (GK), Jordan Burton, Joel Bemba Leta, Jordan Rutter, Jan Palinkas, Matthew Roberts (C), Brad Byrne (Grant Spencer), Steve Hewitt (Jainiero Salmon-Harris),Matthew Bryan, Deane Smalley (Gary Da Costa), Greg Wilkinson
Subs not used: Steve Dryden, Yousif Yousif
|Sat 21 Aug 2021||3:00 pm||F.A. Cup||2021/22||222|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
KO 4 19 56 76 84 FT
|Referee||Assistant Referee 1||Assistant Referee 2|
|Dan Hooton||Gordon Weir||Haneef Rashid|