Blues return to winning ways at Stone Dominoes...
By Rylands FC
Wellstead, Croughan & Wolhuter secure three points for Rylands on bank holiday away day...
Rylands returned to winning ways in the North West Counties First Division South on Monday with a 3-1 victory at Stone Dominoes thanks to goals from Stuart Wellstead, Tom Croughan and Ste Wolhuter.
The match kicked off forty-five minutes late due to a closure of the M6 motorway which led to a the blues arriving in Stone at around 3:30PM.
Despite being allowed no time to warm-up by the referee, Rylands made a good start and had two chances within the first five minutes. The first of which saw Lee Vaughan get in down the left hand side but he overhit his cross out for a throw-in on the far side before Stuart Wellstead saw a goal-bound effort blocked a couple of minutes later.
The blues took the lead in the eleventh minute after Tom Croughan played a ball in behind the Stone back four, Wellstead beat the offside trap and fired past the 'keeper at the near post to register his fifth goal of the season.
The moment Stuart Wellstead gave the blues the lead with his fifth goal in five games...
The hosts responded well to the early goal, but the next opportunity came the visitors way when Croughan this time played Vaughan in down the left hand side in the twentieth minute, who fired in to the side netting at the near post.
Croughan, who caused problems for the Stone defenders all afternoon turned provider again just a minute later, but Wellstead fired wide of the goal when well placed inside the area.
Rylands continued to pile on the pressure, with Elliott Jones misqueuing a header when unmarked in the box before Wolhuter's effort from the edge of the area was turned around the post by the Stone 'keeper.
Two minutes later, the hosts had a big chance of their own after the number 9 found himself unmarked in the area, but he scooped his effort over the crossbar after reacting first to a downwards header at the back post.
The blues launched a rapid counter attack from the resulting goal-kick and were unlucky when Vaughan's low cross bobbled over Wellstead's foot when free in the box with just the 'keeper to beat.
Despite the blues' dominance, the scores were level at half time after Conor Yarwood brought down Stone's striker when in on goal and Jordan Benton smashed the spot-kick in to the top corner leaving the Rylands 'keeper with no chance of making a save.
HALF TIME - Stone Dominoes 1 v 1 Rylands
The blues came out firing after the interval, Wellstead went through on goal but was met by the recovering defender and a shout for a penalty was waved away by the referee.
However, just a minute later Rylands' lead was restored after Wellstead's cross from the left hand side was nodded down by Alex Davies and Croughan blasted home.
Stone again responded to the goal well, and began to put the blues under pressure. Yarwood was forced in to making a great save to deny the hosts from close range after the Rylands defenders failed to clear the ball in the box.
The game was put beyond doubt in the seventy-sixth minute when the blues extended their lead after Wellstead's effort was cleared off the line, but the clearance found Wolhuter on the edge of the box who drove in to the bottom corner.
Ste Wolhuter scores Rylands' third
The goal put Rylands in total control, Jay White came close to netting on debut with a little over ten minutes to go but his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line.
The closing stages went by without any incident to note and the referee called time on a well deserved Rylands victory.
FULL TIME - Stone Dominoes 1 v 3 Rylands
Rylands: 1. Conor Yarwood, 2. Alex Davies, 3. Lee Vaughan (12. Danny Clarke '68), 4. Gary Kenny (C), 5. Carl Lownsborough, 6. Harry Molyneux, 7. George Riley, 8. Ste Wolhuter, 9. Tom Croughan (15. Jay White '60), 10. Stuart Wellstead, 11. Elliott Jones
"It was important for us to get a reaction after Saturday. I felt that given the circumstances of not having a warm-up and being severely delayed arriving at the ground could have easily hindered us, but the lads showed great determination and character, starting very brightly! Going in at half-time level was a bit of a kick in the teeth as we had been much the better side and created plenty of chances. We told the lads to stick at it and the goals would come, which they did. The early goal in the second half settled us and we went on to control the game from there on. Credit to Stone, who played some decent football and caused a few scares, but I felt we were fully deserving of the three points."
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The blues next match kicks off at 3PM on Saturday 1st September where the blues are on the road at Stockport Town's Lambeth Grove, SK6 1QX