by Rob McKay · 28/01/2019
West Didsbury & Chorlton registered a club record ninth consecutive win with a routine 3-0 victory at home to Wythenshawe Amateurs. Manager Paul Caddick was able to hand a full debut to goalkeeper Leah Fish, the most recent player to be promoted from the development squad, as well as welcoming the returns of Ellie Caddick, Orla Conlan and Hannah Mitchell. However West were forced to be without Jami Hodges and Rachael Dunlop.
West started brightly as Chloe Spencer, playing in a wider position, fired a shot wide after just two minutes. The difficult surface, as well as the strong wind limited West’s early chances to corners before Shauna Edmondson almost broke the deadlock as she chested down a high ball before crashing her shot off the crossbar.
Amy Vyas almost provided the breakthrough as she placed her free kick under the wall and into the path of Chloe Spencer who forced an excellent save from Wythenshawe goalkeeper Eleanor Welton. West thought they had taken the lead through Shauna Edmondson as she finished one-on-one but was flagged for offside.
The lead finally arrived on 34 minutes as Spencer’s corner was whipped into the near post and Vyas saw her headed cleared off the line only for Elizabeth Livesey to drill home from the edge of the area with a powerful effort.
West doubled their lead on 40 minutes when Vicky Lomas raced through one-on-one on the back of Caddick’s perfect through ball only to be upended before the West striker could finish. Up stepped Shauna Edmondson who slotted her effort into the bottom right hand corner to give West a two goal half time lead.
West increased their pressure in the opening moments of the second half as Edmondson fired wired from 25 yards out before Vyas curled another free kick over the bar from the edge of the area. It should have been 3-0 just after the hour mark as Caddick’s corner looked to have beaten the Wythenshawe goalkeeper with Wilman heading the loose ball to make sure however the West defender was instead penalised for a foul.
The pressure continued with West virtually camped inside the Wythenshawe half as Wilman headed over a cross from an in-swinging Vyas free kick followed by Vyas stinging the palms of the Ams goalkeeper with an effort from the edge of the area. Vyas again turned provider as her inch perfect through ball unlocked the defence allowing Frisby to round the goalkeeper but she was denied a goal from some impressive recovery defending. The third finally arrived five minutes from time as Vyas latched onto a superbly curled in Caddick corner to make it 3-0 and extend West’s winning run in the league to nine matches.
The win ensures West remain in second, just three points behind Liverpool Feds Reserves with six games in hand. West travel to third place Altrincham next Sunday.
Elsewhere, the Development squad were beaten 6-3 away to Boltonians despite goals from Annna Carson-Parker (2) and Maya Germain. ‘The Devs’ sit in third place in the GMWFL Division Two.