Rylands return to winning ways at New Mills...
By Rylands FC
Blues hit six on the road...
Rylands made the journey to New Mills FC on Saturday on a return to Hallmark Security League First Division South action after last week’s cup exploits, with the blues looking to bounce back after defeat in their last league outing at St.Martins.
New Mills made a promising start to the game, taking Rylands by surprise with their direct play. This start came to fruition as the ball was played out to the left of the box, and Max McGreal’s low effort beat Graeme McCall to give the home side the lead after 3 minutes.
The home side began to grow in confidence, and a couple of half chances fell outside the box, with firstly Benito Lowe testing McCall’s handling, and then a Dennis Sherriff free kick being acrobatically tipped over the bar once again by the Rylands ‘keeper.
The visitors response to the pressure was good, beginning to keep hold of the ball and exploit the spaces efficiently. Some good play down the right hand side from Lownsbrough resulted in a terrific cross just being taken off Croughan’s head by some good defending. The resulting corner was headed over by Moran.
In the 22nd minute, Rylands got their just rewards. Again threatening down the right, Boothman played in Wellstead behind the New Mills defence and his cut back was handled by a back tracking defender. Penalty Rylands. Top scorer Wellstead stepped up but his effort was superbly saved by Havern. However, the rebound was well followed up by Tom Croughan, who coolly slotted home the equaliser.
Ten minutes later, Rylands again found themselves in dangerous positions in and around the home side’s area, however just couldn’t quite find the space to have an effort on goal. After a foul twenty five yards out on Wellstead, a Boothman free kick stung the hands of Havern, who managed to palm the ball away to his right.
The home side worked a neat interchange just outside the Rylands area, with Kirk and Lowe linking up well. His lay off found Milne on the corner of the box, and his low bouncing effort was well held by McCall.
With five minutes remaining of the first half, a precise through ball from Gerrard found Wellstead in the box. His turn brought him closer to goal, however Havern smothered well at his feet as he attempted to take it round the keeper.
HALF TIME: New Mills 1 v 1 Rylands
The second half started with Rylands flying out of the blocks. New Mills failed to clear from a corner on the right side, and a deflected cross from Boothman was met by Wellstead with an overhead kick. His effort stung the palms of Havern, and the ball looked to be rolling over the line. However the home keeper recovered well to clear the ball away.
Tom Parry then found himself with some time on the left side, and again found the ever-willing Wellstead in behind the New Mills defensive line. He side-stepped one, before looking up and cutting the ball back at the touchline. This fell through to Boothman, who emphatically finished into the top right corner to give Rylands a deserved lead.
On the 66 minute mark, Croughan turned brilliantly on the half way line, released Elliott Jones down the right hand side who skipped past the opposition left back. He then returned the favour and found Wellstead back inside the penalty area. A clever pass rolled beyond the goalkeeper, and with Croughan set to tuck home his second of the afternoon, the opposing defender brought him down. This time, Ste Boothman stepped up, and coolly sent the keeper the wrong way with a well taken penalty to double Rylands’ advantage.
The blues found themselves on the attack once again soon after the restart, Wellstead found himself narrowing down on goal, however with the angle slightly acute, his effort was well saved down low to the keeper’s left.
Nev Picton and Jay White were introduced, and they combined to add a fourth for Rylands. A loose ball found the feet of Picton, who’s first time half volley was latched on to by White. With the New Mills back line attempting to play the offside trap, White’s run left him 1v1 with time on his hands. He picked his spot, and slotted home across the keeper.
The home side made a couple of changes, and tried to get themselves back into the contest, however the Rylands backline marshalled any threat well, with Kenny and Moran making a number of well-timed tackles on the edge of the box as New Mills advanced.
With 80 minutes on the clock, Wellstead finally got his just rewards for his hard-working performance. Jones again caused problems down the right side, and with the goal at his mercy, he selflessly laid the ball to Wellstead who rounded the keeper, and fired at goal. Despite the best efforts of the defender on the line, his effort had too much power and Rylands had a fifth goal.
Four minutes later, Gerrard advanced with the ball after being released by Picton. His pass found White advancing down the left. Again, unselfish play allowed him to cut inside, and his squared ball took the back tracking defender by surprise. His stumble allowed Wellstead to sneak, and again for a third time in the afternoon, he rounded the ‘keeper to slot home a 6th of the day.
FULL TIME: New Mills 1 v 6 Rylands
"We started slowly again which is something that we spoke about in the dressing room before the game. We will be working hard to correct that going forward as we've been punished for it in recent weeks. After the slow start, we grew in to the game and got a deserved equaliser and to go in level at the interval was probably fair on the balance of play. At half time we emphasised the importance of getting the ball down on the floor and passing and moving. It paid dividends almost immediately and our second was a well worked team goal. Once we took the lead, we completely dominated the game and if not for some good saves by the 'keeper, we could have won by a lot more. I felt our fitness certainly showed in the second half and the quality from the bench was a big factor in the win."