Wellstead nets hat-trick as Rylands go top...
By Rylands FC
Blues make it five wins on the bounce at Cheadle Heath Nomads...
Rylands continued their recent impressive form in the Hallmark Security League First Division south on Saturday with a 5-2 win at Cheadle Heath Nomads, a victory which took the blues to the top of the league.
The opening ten minutes of the contest started equally, with both sides battling well to gain an advantage in the game. The blues worked the ball well in midfield and the first chance of note came when a free kick was awarded for a foul on Stuart Wellstead twenty-five yards out. Steve Boothman’s curling left footed effort was well held by Aaron Tyrer in between the sticks.
Rylands began to assert control in the game, with Alex Davies causing a number of problems down the right hand side but the next best opportunity came the hosts’ way when Kieran Herbert forced a good save from Graeme McCall with an effort on the angle.
Davies and Wellstead linked up again soon after, only to be denied by a great save by Tyrer who tipped the Rylands striker’s header over the crossbar.
The hosts began to knock on the Rylands door, but the blues defence stood up to the test well.
The deadlock was broken in the twenty-first minute when the visitors thwarted a Cheadle Heath attack, before George Riley released Wellstead in behind on the ccounter attack. Rylands’ top scorer shrugged off the challenge of Nomads’ recovering defender and slotted home.
The goal brought confidence to the Rylands team, who took control of the contest. Good play between George Riley, Steven Boothman and Ste Wolhuter released Davies down the right hand side, who found Wellstead again with a cross towards the back post who prodded home a deserved second goal.
Stuart Wellstead celebrates his second goal of the afternoon
It was 3-0 in the thirty-sixth minute when Wellstead this time turned provider with a flick-on over the centre half, who’s failed attempt to pass back to Tyrer was pounced on by Jay White who took the ball round the ‘keeper and finished in to the empty net.
Jay White scores Rylands' third on his first start for the club
The hosts recovered before the interval and came close when a cross from the right hand side looped over a congested six-yard area and hit the top of the crossbar, much to the blues’ relief.
HALF TIME – Cheadle Heath Nomads 0 v 3 Rylands
Nomads were quick out of the blocks in the second stanza, however the blues’ weathered the storm and in the fifty-sixth minute made it four when Davies picked up the ball just inside the oppositions half and picked out Wellstead’s run in behind. The Rylands No.10 raced clear and finished clinically to complete his hat-trick.
Wellstead completes his hat-trick
Minutes later, the blues were in again, this time White bared down on goal from a tight angle on the right hand side of the box, but inside on to his left foot but fired straight at Tyrer.
The hosts recovered, playing neat football through the middle of the park and creating a couple of half chances, without causing any real problems for Graeme McCall in goal, before their reward for persistence came in the seventieth minute after a corner was failed to be cleared and Ashley Crank poked home.
Rylands recovered well and began to retain possession and just six minutes later made it five when Ste Wolhuter picked the ball up on the left hand side, found debutant Liam Moran with his back to goal who laid it back off to Ste Wolhuter. The blues’ midfielder pirouetted his way past two defenders on the edge of the box before slotting home in to the bottom corner to secure a fifth consecutive victory.
With minutes to go, a challenge in the Rylands penalty area resulted in the hosts being awarded a spot kick which substitute, Kayle Power smashed past Graeme McCall.
FULL TIME – Cheadle Heath Nomads 2 v 5 Rylands
Rylands: 1. Graeme McCall, 2. Alex Davies, 3. Tom Parry, 4. Gary Kenny ©, 5. Carl Lownsbrough, 6. Harry Molyneux, 7. George Riley, 8. Ste Wolhuter, 9. Jay White, 10. Stuart Wellstead, 11. Steven Boothman
Subs: 12. Daniel Tree, 14. Kasie Jones, 15. Lee Vaughan, 16. Ben Smith, 17. Liam Moran
“We started the game a bit slowly but I felt that once we got in to our stride, we controlled the contest very well against a good side. We broke quickly in numbers which allowed us to create chances and we were very clinical when they came our way. It was great to see Jay get a goal in his first start, he’s worked hard and been patient for a number of weeks waiting for his chance and he was clinical when an opportunity came his way. Some of our link up play was really and good and Ste Wolhuter’s goal was simply sublime. It was a bit frustrating to concede a sloppy goal from a corner and a penalty that was harshly given in my opinion. I’d like to give a special mention to Cheadle Heath for their great facilities and the quality of the pitch which was the best we’ve played on this season.”
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The blues next match kicks off at 3PM on Saturday 29th September when the blues travel to St Martins at The Venue, Burma Road, Oswestry, SY11 4AS.
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