Whitby Town FC
Winsford United FC
Matthew Tymon 33′ Steven Snaith 42′
Kyle Riley (52) Kyle Riley (54) Nathan Cotterell (75
Matthew Tymon 60′
The Turnbull Ground, Whitby
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Callum Martin MOM
Lee Duckworth MOM
Adam Gell Y
Dale Jennings Y
Kyle Riley (Capt.) Y
Steven Snaith (Capt.)
Brandon Moores (10/69)
James Rothwell (5/31) Y
Sean Tierney (4/89)
Curtis Round (7/65)
MOM = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents
Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R
Winsford United Details
Assistant Referee One
Assistant Referee Two
Saves Kept Winsford in the Game
Brace of Goals
As voted by the opponents
Intro – The Blues made the long journey to the east coast to meet opponents two levels higher. The plan was to soak up pressure early on and then apply pressure of our own in the later stages. Winsford had a strange line-up with key players missing including Adam Bayley, Scott Taylor, Harry Brazel and Danny Hudson who failed a pre-match fitness test. However, with Kyle Riley and Nathan Cotterell leading the line it was always felt we had the ability to score goals as long as we could restrict our opponents at the other end.
Heavy rain made the surface somewhat greasy but Whitby were confident on the ball whereas Winsford were finding it difficult to keep possession.
Michael Langley was brought into action early on, saving low down from Matthew Tymon and with six minutes on the clock he was in action again, tipping Michael Roberts’ header around the post. The resulting corner saw the ball crossed to Tymon at the far post but he headed wide of the target when he should have done much better. Whitby were looking to shoot at every opportunity and Steve Snaith shot straight at Langley who collected confidently.
Lee Duckworth’s free kick gave the visitors some respite, the ball finding Aaron Stott whose effort cleared the bar.
Winsford were under heavy pressure and were finding it difficult to launch attacks of their own. However, when you have players with the class of Nathan Cotterell something can always be created and on 21 minutes his turn and shot was just wide of the mark. One minute later a dazzling run by the Blues top scorer left the Whitby defenders chasing shadows but having done all the hard work his shot was inches wide of the far post.
A series of corners were putting the visitors under pressure and the home side’s tactics of playing their full backs as wide men was giving them far too much time and room to launch attacks.
GOAL!! The goal that had been looking inevitable finally came on 33 minutes when the ball was lost unnecessarily out on the right and a long cross found Tymon unmarked at the far post but this time he headed across Langley and into the net.
GOAL!! A single goal deficit would have been acceptable considering the amount of possession Whitby had maintained but a second was added just before the break when Danny Kerr slipped on the greasy surface and Langley could only parry Michael Robert’s shot. The ball fell kindly for Steven Snaith on the edge of the box and he hammered it into the net.
Second Half – Whitby came out after the break looking confidently towards an easy victory and passage into the next round but they were rocked by two early goals from Winsford.
GOAL!! Whitby were rocked on 52 minutes when Winsford pulled a goal back. It looked like a lost cause when Cotterell chased a ball out on the left but, under pressure from two defenders, he somehow managed to hook the ball towards the goal and Riley came in to make contact. Shane Bland the home goalkeeper allowed the ball to squirm between his legs and it just crossed the line before he could rescue it.
GOAL!! If the first goal was a surprise for the hosts the second was a shock, this time Riley picking up a through ball and planting it in the bottom left corner of the net.
Clearly shaken Whitby tried to hit back with Tymon heading straight at Langley and on 58 minutes the Winsford Number One made a save from the same player that could only be described as world class. With the ball heading for the bottom right corner of the net the Blues custodian flung himself full length to turn the ball around the post.
GOAL!! On the hour mark Whitby took the lead again in what could only be described as controversial circumstances. A corner on the right was converted at the far post by Tymon but it wasn’t his head that made contact with the ball it was his fist. Unfortunately the only people who didn’t spot this were the match officials and the goal stood.
Unfazed by this injustice Winsford hit back in search of an equaliser with Dale Jennings firing narrowly over the bar.
Whitby’s smooth passing and movement off the ball was becoming ragged under pressure from the visitor’s and Winsford were slowly taking control of the game.
GOAL!! The goal of the game came on 75 minutes when Cotterell, now back in the traditional centre forward position, collected the ball 30 yards out and shrugging off the attention of two defender he teed the ball up for his right foot and unleashed a shot into the top left corner of the net, leaving Bland grasping at thin air.
There was no settling for a draw and a replay as Winsford launched attack after attack on the Whitby goal with James Rothwell’s lob just clearing the bar and Brandon Moores effort from a narrow angle on the right being blocked by a defender’s outstretched leg at the foot of the post.
And so it continued into injury time with Whitby keeping out wave after wave of visitor’s attacks and seemingly quite happy to face a replay and a long Monday night journey to Mid-Cheshire.
Verdict – An astonishing display by a makeshift Winsford side and a credit to the players and management team.