by Gray Ellwood · 30/01/2023
Tomorrow evening we travel the short distance to Wythenshawe Town in the NWCFL. Wythenshawe Town are 2nd in the league and will be tough opposition. All your support will be appreciated as ever:
� Tuesday 31st January 2023, 7:45pm
� NWCFL Premier Division
� Ericstan Park, Timpson Road, Wythenshawe (M23 9LL)
� £6 / £4 / £1 Under 16s
� Moor Road (0.4 miles)
� 11 or 109
� Car Parking at the ground.
� Licensed clubhouse with teas, coffees and hot food also served.
After exiting the Lancashire Challenge Trophy with a heavy defeat, it was important for West to show a reaction away at Irlam on Saturday. After 20 minutes of the match, the reaction seemed to have arrived from a well-taken Zeke Eme goal following good interplay from Rhain Davis and Joel Swift on the edge of the box. West remained comfortable but failed to make their early possession and chances count and were pegged back ten minutes later. After the match, Chris Rowley spoke about the frustration of not winning the match but was keen to look towards the positives as the team prepare for what will undoubtedly be a tough match against Wythenshawe Town.
After the Covid-19 pandemic scuppered potential promotions for Wythenshawe, they were upwardly moved by the FA based on the previous two season’s results and haven’t looked back since. Last season they finished in 3rd place, an agonising 1 point behind Skelmersdale who took the second promotion spot behind Macclesfield. The first half of this season has seen them battling near the top of the table again, and they currently sit in 2nd place. West will be well aware of the threat that Wythenshawe’s attacking players pose – They have scored 75 goals so far this season; 17 more goals than the second highest scorers AFC Liverpool. Their top scorer Matthew Bryan has scored 20 goals so far and has been supported by Brad Byrne, Benito Lowe and Darius Palma also reaching double figures.
Following Saturday’s result, Chris Rowley told us, “West v Wythenshawe matches are always feisty affairs. We have to be mentally and physically prepared. They’re up there and are aiming for promotion and we need to go there fully prepared and ready to put in a good performance.” The match is likely to come too soon for Ben Elliott, who is still recovering from the injury he obtained at AFC Liverpool. When rating Elliott’s chances of a return, Rowley said, “We’ve still got hope that he’ll be back soon and Alan is constantly assessing his readiness but we won’t risk his fitness for one game.” Elsewhere in the squad, Connor Hancock is still returning to full fitness but should be fit for a place somewhere in the squad. Despite not being in the squad on Saturday, Kyle Perry is still registered with the club and could be involved if called upon.
All the signs point towards tomorrow being another exciting match. We’ll hopefully see you there.