Town gained a valuable 3 points but were pushed all the way by a Walshaw side who always prove to be difficult opponents.
Town have yet to put out the same side twice this season & changes were again made by the management team which saw the home team finishing the game with four 16year olds & a 17year old in the team.
The opening half hour saw Town doing more defending than attacking but they took the lead in the 38th minute after good work from Aaron Scholes who laid the ball off to Craig Schumann 30 yards out & he rocketed an unstoppable shot past the keeper into the top corner to put Town 1-0 up at the break.
The second half saw Town more on the front foot & they added to their tally in the 56th minute in spectacular fashion as Joe Jacombes latched onto a through ball 30 yards out on the right touchline & hit a tremendous volley past the startled keeper into the far top corner to make it 2-0.The opponents then brought on the experienced Lee Chapman who started to drive his team forward pushing Town onto the back foot & they pulled it back to 2-1in the 82nd minute following a strange decision from the officials.
Town made it 3-1in the 84th minute after a shot from the edge of the box from Ash Ainsworth was too hot to hold for the Walshaw keeper & Alex Frost was first to react turning the ball home from close range.Walshaw then pulled it back to 3-2 in the 86th minute as they bombarded the Town defence for the remainder of the game & Town had keeper Liam Lovell to thank for a couple of crucial saves in the final minutes of normal time.The 4 minutes of stoppage time saw Towns supporters biting their nails as Walshaw sought an equaliser & they almost got it in the 94th minute only for fortune to favour Town as a shot from the edge of the box rattled against the bar & bounced clear for a goal kick from which the referee blew the final whistle much to the relief of Towns players & supporters.
MoM Jack Sloane
|December 1, 2018||3:15 pm||Manchester Football League - Premier Division 2018/19||2018/2019||Saturday|
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