Match Preview and Report - Wythenshawe Town (Away) 14.07.18
By Mark Strickland
On Saturday, Paul Carden’s side will take part in their first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2018/19 season against Hallmark Security League side, Wythenshawe Town. There is no recent head to head record for the sides, however the Warrington Town Reserves side (which sadly folded in December of last year) beat them one-nil in October 2017, at the Winner Recruitment Stadium.
The Greater Manchester side gained promotion to the 6th tier of non-league football last year, as James Kinsey aims to carry the side up the English football pyramid. Former Yellows striker, Gavin Salmon is currently in Wythenshawe’s ranks. The 40-year-old spent the 2009/10 and part of the 2010/11 season at Warrington.
Meanwhile, Warrington have been active in the transfer window, after early concern over the amount of departures. Alex Honeyball, the former Bolton Wanderers U23 captain has been signed to provide more depth at the back. He is joined by Ben Garrity, who has been snapped up from Sunday league football in Liverpool, whilst Lewis Nightingale joins from Bamber Bridge. Toby MacCormac and Carden have also identified Josh Amis and Richard Brodie to further supplement the Wire attack.
Ericstan Park played the backdrop, as the players emerged from the tunnel. Senior players Tony McMillan, Adam Carden and Tony Gray, were joined by the returning Liam Hynes and new signings Honeyball, Amis and Brodie.
The starting XI saw a chance for Matthew Makinson to secure a place, while Dylan Vassallo, who spent the back end of last season out injured, get a chance to make an early impression.
Warrington started on top, but the first half an hour remained tight, with little in the wake of goal mouth activity.
However, that changed when some patient build up play warranted Town’s best chance of the half. Debutant, Josh Amis received the ball, turned the defender and struck a tidy effort with the outside of his foot. Ben Daniels, the Wythenshawe number one, got down well and his outstretched left hand turned it behind for a corner kick.
Whole sale changes were made by the sides at the break and most notably for Warrington, Richard Brodie came on to replace Gray. The second half remained tight, with the opposition’s right winger, Ash Leather, struggling to get past Honeyball. Perhaps the best chance of the game then came from the home side and some excellent link up play didn’t get the finish it deserved. Nevertheless, the save at the three-quarter mark of the game was excellent and crucial by Tony McMillan, who will look to reclaim the number one jersey for the start of this season.
Richard Brodie came close with an effort from the edge of the box, but the breakthrough wouldn’t come.
The game ended goalless and despite maybe the lack of thrilling end to end action, it was an important workout and laid the foundations for the game against Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night.