Sat 17
First Team
G Lomax (25'), (60'), A Jones (29'), H Molyneux (58'), (88')
Rylands hit five past Avro...

Rylands hit five past Avro...

By Rylands FC
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Blues maintain 100% start to life in the North West Counties Premier Division...

Rylands continued their perfect start to life in the North West Counties Premier Division, beating Avro 5-0 at Gorsey Lane on Saturday.

It was the visitors who started the better of the two teams, enjoying possession and having a couple of early sighters at goal with efforts from distance without causing Graeme McCall in the Rylands goal too much trouble..

The hosts began to grow in to the game and George Lomax headed straight at the 'keeper before Ste Wolhuter came close with two drives from outside the box.

The deadlock was broken in the twenty-fifth minute when Andy Scarisbrick set Lomax away down the left hand side who cut inside and found the back of the net with the help of the far post.

Quickly after, the blues doubled the lead when a nice team move found its way out to Adam Jones on the right hand side of the box who finished well back across the 'keeper.

Rylands had the chance to make it three shortly before the interval after Lomax was brought down inside the box for a penalty. The Rylands striker stepped up himself but saw his effort well saved by the 'keeper down to his left hand side.

HALF TIME - Rylands 2 v 0 Avro

The second half started relatively slowly, with little to report in terms of chances until ten minutes in when Lomax found space inside the area but saw his tame effort across goal cleared by the recovering defender.

Rylands made it three on the hour mark in somewhat bizarre fashion... Harry Molyneux delivered a free kick in to the box from just inside the Avro half, which bounced, evaded everyone and found the back of the net.

Two minutes later, it was four, when a wonderful team move found Jay White, who backheeled past the defender for Lomax, who made no mistake when one-on-with the Avro goalkeeper.

The introductions of Tom McNamara, debutant Freddie Potter, the returning Warren Gerrard halted the momentum slightly as the visitors began to put the blues under a little bit of pressure. But the Rylands defence, marshalled by fit-again Gary Kenny stood firm.

There was time for one more before the referee brought proceedings to an end, when a ruthless counter attack down the right, found it's way over to the left for Molyneux, who set himself with a touch and fired home in to the far corner no net his second of the afternoon.

FULL TIME - Rylands 5 v 0 Avro

Rylands: 1. Graeme McCall, 2. Callum Lees, 3. Harry Molyneux, 4. Gary Kenny (C), 5. John Shaw, 6. Kevin Pollard (14. Warren Gerrard '70),7. Adam Jones, 8. Ste Wolhuter, 9. Jay White, 10. George Lomax (17. Freddie Potter '67), 11. Andy Scarisbrick (16. Tom McNamara '63)

Manager's Verdict:
"The performance was exactly what we've been looking for. Despite picking up two league wins from two and showing glimpses in spells, we hadn't reached the level of performance that I know we're capable of for a full ninety minutes. On this occasion we did. The lads gave the reaction that we asked for after our disappointing defeat in The FA Cup. From start to finish I thought we were excellent. We created lots of chances and defensively we limited a strong Avro side to a couple of half chances and efforts from distance. It was without doubt our best performance of the season so far and hopefully we can continue into Tuesday when we make the trip to Burscough."

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Match details

Match date

Sat 17, Aug 2019


George Lomax

Player of the match

George Lomax