NORTH WEST COUNTIES FIRST DIVISION SOUTH
WYTHENSHAWE AFC 5
Brown 12, 40
McLaughlin 20, 27
Nomads made the short trip to Wythenshawe yesterday to take on high flying amateurs in the NWCFL and came back with nothing after losing the game 5-4. All this despite the fact that Nomads were the better team, controlled large parts of the game and scored 4 goals away from home. Sound familiar, it should do because it’s pretty much a summary of the season so far as Nomads can’t quite get the balance right between playing good football and winning games from good solid positions.
The home team started the game well and took the lead in the 12th minute when Brown found himself free at the back post and put his shot past Alex Fowell into the corner of the net. But if anything, this spurred Nomads on and their persistence was rewarded as Dan McLaughlin won his back post header in the 20th minute to level the game. 7 minutes later it was the same man and the same result to give Nomads a deserved lead in the game. The home team seemed to be all over the place and Nomads were able to move the ball and control the game for the majority of the half but couldn’t find a way through until 5 minutes before half time when Kyle Foley scored to make it 3-1 to Nomads. The lead didn’t last long however as Brown scored just before the interval to make it 3-2 to Nomads at the break.
The second half started well for Nomads and Foley as he doubled his tally for the day and give Nomads a 2 goal cushion. Nomads were well in the ascendancy and playing good football all over the pitch forcing Ammies to work hard for everything they got.
But it was the home team who were to have the last say on the match, once again Nomads couldn’t hold a lead and 3 goals in the last 10 minutes gave Amateurs athe 3 point in a game they must have thought was beyond them. Firstly Sam Dickov finished following a corner in the 80th minute. A few minutes later and Gabriel Mooney-Munoz was through on goal and got his side back on level terms. But they weren’t finished there and more pressure on the Nomads goal saw Saul Henderson on his own in the box and he finished to complete the victory
Lots of thinking to be done through the week but if Nomads are to compete with the best of this league, we need to stop conceding goals and giving away points. This may seem a simple message, but it’s a clear one.
Congratulations to Ammies, who despite being outplayed for long areas of the game, never gave up and got their reward.