Reserves suffer cup loss in local derby...
By Rylands FC
Reserves unlucky in losing 2-0 against a strong Greenalls PSO outfit...
Despite being able to welcome back Tony James, Gareth Finch & Craig Mather, Rylands Reserves still took a depleted side to local rivals, Greenalls PSO in the group stage of the Reserve Challenge Cup and were unfortunate when losing 2-0 to a very strong home side.
The early stages of the game were dominated by the home side, putting the Rylands back three under pressure from the off, with Craig Hoyland proving to be a hand full, linking well with McWilliams and Leatherbarrow.
It wasn't long before the greens took the lead through Ryan Wilde, who helped himself to a brace on the day, when firing in to an empty net at the back post after the blues failed to deal with a deep corner.
The Greenalls presure forced Rylands in to changing to a flat back 5 to try and relieve the pressure that the home side were creating.
The home side created several more opportunities before the half time whistle, and were perhaps unlucky to go in at the break only one up, having had almost all of the possession, with Rylands failing to register an attempt on goal. However, the visitors were looking more lively towards the latter stages of the half after introducing Craig Mather to proceedings on the left hand side.
Half time - GPSO 1 v 0 Rylands
Having soaked up the pressure, Rylands came out for the second half in a more attacking shape, which seemed to work for the visitors, as Mather, James and Astbury were causing problems for the Greenalls back line that had so far had a quiet afternoon.
However, after 65 minutes, Greenalls doubled their advantage against the run of play, with Ryan Wilde netting his second, after catching the blues napping at the back on the counter attack. Firing in to an empty net after Nathan Moss in the Rylands goal saved well from McWilliams.
Rylands had their first attempt on target after 70 minutes, when Craig Mather raced on to a through ball from the young George Farrelly, but the make shift GPSO 'keeper, Phil Harrison was quick off his line to narrow the angle and save well.
From there, Rylands brought Alex Astbury back on up top to replace Stuart Woodall from the back to try and rescue something from the game, however the opposite affect was achieved, as the Rylands 4 up front allowed the men in green time on the ball in the middle of the park, which in turn led to further chances being created for McWilliams, Hoyland and Wilde, with Moss making several saves to keep the score at 2-0.
Full Time - GPSO 2 v 0 Rylands
"Going on chances, we could easily have lost 6-0 today. Having to make 4/5 changes to a team each week is far from ideal, but lads are starting to return and it brings a smile to my face that lads who have been playing in the Reserves through the early stages of the season, stepped up to the first team on Saturday and scored a comfortable victory at Garswood. Due to the absentees we will have to write off the past couple of results, and look forward to getting our squad back together and looking to kick on from the early season good results. That said, today we made some basic mistakes again, which proved costly, and will continue to do so should they not be rectified. We weren't good enough to deserve anything from the game today, and we have plenty to work on in the coming weeks. With no game next Saturday, I look forward to getting the lads together for a couple of sessions and work towards getting back to the side that was playing great football just 2 weeks ago."