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Oswestry Town
Rylands
Full time
S Boothman (89' Sent Off)
Tue 30 Oct 19:45 - League Attendance 46

Rylands unbeaten run stretches to six in goalless contest at Oswestry...

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Rylands extend lead at the top of the league with point on the road...

On Tuesday night, Rylands made the long trip to Oswestry, with the contest resulting in a 0-0 draw in sub-zero temperatures at The Venue.

The blues, playing in their red away colours had preparation for the match severely disrupted by a traffic incident on the M56, which led to a delayed 8PM kick off, with Rylands only arriving at 7:30PM, fifteen minutes before the scheduled kick off time.

The away side made a bright start, with a neat interchange on the edge of the box finding its way to the lively Wolhuter, who almost fed Jay White but the 'keeper was quick off his line to smother the danger.

The game settled down, with much of the contest battled out in the middle of the park. The next opportunity came Oswestry's way, when the no.10 headed from the edge of the area after a deep free kick, but Graeme McCall was on hand to make a comfortable save.

Five minutes later it was Rylands' turn, when Warren Gerrard fed Nev Picton inside the area, but he could only shoot wide with an effort on the stretch as the 'keeper again closed the angle quickly.

The reds countered shortly after the half hour and White found Jack Woolley on the right hand side, who cut in and fired over the bar.

The contest opened up before the interval, and the hosts came closest in the thirty-ninth minute when a good delivery from a wide free kick was met with the head of an Oswestry attacker, which thundered against the crossbar and over to safety.

On the stroke of half-time, Rylands again hit on the counter and Boothman saw an effort from 20 yards pushed wide by the goalkeeper.

HALF TIME - Oswestry 0 v 0 Rylands

The second half started slowly, with neither side offering much in terms of going forward and it took ten minutes before the first opportunity presented itself, when the ever-willing Oswestry no.10 fired wide at the near post when well placed inside the area.

Tom Parry was introduced for Woolley in a tactical reshuffle which allowed Boothman to move further forward, and the change almost brought instant reward with the latter finding space twenty five yards out, unleashing a left footed drive which was acrobatically tipped over the bar by the home 'keeper.

Top scorer, Stuart Wellstead was introduced with twenty minutes to go and Rylands began to come on strong, putting the home back line under pressure.

The game opened up again in the last ten minutes.. Warren Gerrard met Liam Moran's cross with a glancing header that bounced just wide of the far post, before Oswestry hit on the break immediately after and a scramble in the box found its way to the no.10, whose goal-bound effort struck his own man on the line and squirmed away to safety!

The visitors saw another headed effort go wide, this time from Moran who found space and met a corner at the back post.

The golden opportunity came for Rylands in the eighty-sixth minute when Wellstead's looping cross found Tom Parry, who with the 'keeper on the floor, fired at the goal only to see it bounce against the back of Jay White on the line and bounce away, much to the hosts relief!

The only remaining incident came in stoppage time when Boothman was sent off by the referee for a second bookable offence.

FULL TIME - Oswestry 0 v 0 Rylands

Rylands: 1. Graeme McCall, 2. Jack Woolley (14. Tom Parry '57), 3. Steve Boothman, 4. Gary Kenny (C), 5. Chris Lester (12. Tony Sayer '69), 6. Liam Moran, 7. Warren Gerrard, 8. Ste Wolhuter, 9. Jay White, 10. Tom Croughan (16. Stuart Wellstead '71), 11. Nev Picton
Not Used: 15. George Riley, 17. Elliott Jones

Manager's Verdict:
"The evening started badly with an hours delay on the motorway pretty much setting the tone for the rest of our night. We didn't really hit the performance levels that we've seen recently and come to expect which was very frustrating for us all. However, to go to all the way to Oswestry against strong opposition on a Tuesday night and get something out of a game that we didn't play particularly well in is fairly pleasing. Our unbeaten run now stretches to six games and we look forward to getting back on the pitch at Eccleshall on Saturday."
David McNabb

Full Match Photo Gallery by Lee Wolstencroft available on the club's Facebook page here

The blues next match kicks off at 3PM on Saturday 3rd November when the blues travel to Eccleshall in the Hallmark Security League First Division South at Pershall Park, ST21 6NE.

Liam Moran

Player of the Match

Liam Moran

Key moments

89:00
Red Card Steve Boothman is sent off for Rylands

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Liam Moran is awarded player of the match for Rylands
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Tony Sayer keeps a clean sheet for Rylands
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Chris Lester keeps a clean sheet for Rylands
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Liam Moran keeps a clean sheet for Rylands
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Gary Kenny keeps a clean sheet for Rylands
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Graeme McCall keeps a clean sheet for Rylands
89:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Steve Boothman is sent off for Rylands
88:00 Yellow Card
Steve Boothman is yellow carded for Rylands
76:00 Yellow Card
Graeme McCall is yellow carded for Rylands
76:00 Yellow Card
Gary Kenny is yellow carded for Rylands
71:00 Sub Off
Tom Croughan is substituted off for Rylands
71:00 Sub On
Stuart Wellstead is substituted on for Rylands
69:00 Sub Off
Chris Lester is substituted off for Rylands
69:00 Sub On
Tony Sayer is substituted on for Rylands
65:00 Yellow Card
Warren Gerrard is yellow carded for Rylands
57:00 Sub On
Tom Parry is substituted on for Rylands
57:00 Sub Off
Jack Woolley is substituted off for Rylands
End of period 1
25:00 Yellow Card
Chris Lester is yellow carded for Rylands
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Oswestry Town
  • Rylands
  • 0
  • Chris Lester Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Jack Woolley Sub Off 57:00'
  • Tom Parry Sub On 57:00'
  • Warren Gerrard Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Tony Sayer Sub On 69:00'
  • Chris Lester Sub Off 69:00'
  • Stuart Wellstead Sub On 71:00'
  • Tom Croughan Sub Off 71:00'
  • Graeme McCall Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Gary Kenny Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Steve Boothman Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Steve Boothman Red Card 89:00'

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