Eccleshall FC 3 Wythenshawe Town 11
By Richard Farrington
Eccleshall suffered a humiliating defeat as a very young inexperienced side crashed at home to mid table Wythenshawe Town.
Eccleshall were without skipper Harvey Collins suspended, last season’s leading scorer, Louis Downs injured, Owen Wyatt, Lewis Dunn, Joe Griffiths and Izaac Walsh unavailable, whilst Saki Ahmadi was only available from the bench. Manager Nick Farrington started five teenagers, with another amongst the substitutes in what must be one of the youngest sides ever fielded.
Within seven minutes the visitors were two up, as Eccleshall struggled to get a foot hold in the game, although Dan Needham, with the goal of the game reduced the arrears four minutes later.
Town increased their lead just before the half hour and made it four eight minutes before the break.
On forty minutes Callum Feeney, the only senior player to come out of the game with any credit drove into Wythenshawe’s half, picking out James Lewis who finished neatly, his second goal for the club.
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At half time Matt Quimby and Saki Ahmadi replace Connor Gittins and Jordan Bennion as Farrington looked for a route back into the game. Within a minute of the restart Ahmadi won the ball back before finding Brad Carr whose reverse ball sent Tom Wakefield through on goal and Eccleshall were back in the game.
However, with a minute Town scored twice and the game was gone, the first a free header from a corner, the second after a mistake by Callum Thomas.
The next 50 mins turned into a nightmare for Eccleshall as Wythenshawe added a further five goals, three of those after midfielder Jake Standbridge had been sent off.
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Eccleshall – Ellson, Thomas, Feeney ©, Gittins (Quimby), Baker-Haynes, Bennion (Ahmadi), Standbridge, Carr, Wakefield, Needham, Lewis (Putnam ).