Wilmslow Albion got their first win of 2020 in dramatic fashion, as the Oakmen went from being 3-0 down with 10 minutes remaining, to pulling off a stunning 4-3 victory against Middleton Colts at Hopwell Hall College.
Wilmslow made three changes from the defeat to Altrincham Hale last week, Jon Moran came in for the unwell Scott Gibbon, Scott Kempson made way for Nick Collins, and Callum Knight came in for Mansour.
There was chance within the first 60 seconds for the hosts, as the ball is worked out to the left for the Middleton Colt’s number 7 who hits it over the bar.
Middleton wouldn’t have to wait long to get the opener, as just a minute later, the ball was played across the box, the number 9 couldn’t reach the cross but the number 7 at the back post tucked it in.
Middleton then went in search of a second, a ball in from the right was chested down by the number 13, Malachi Clarke did well to block the shot, before the number 10 fired it over the bar.
Wilmslow then got their first opportunity of the game, as Knight picked up the ball in midfield but hit it wide.
But Middleton would double their advantage approaching the 10th minute, as their number 14 struck a free kick from 25 yards, which bounced off the crossbar and into the net, a very good effort from the host’s midfielder.
Wilmslow had made a slow start to the game and needed to find their feet.
A ball from Knight from the right was low, evaded Kieran Casey and Joe Kirk came in at the back post but his effort was blocked for a corner, before a Danny Pearson effort went wide from range.
Middleton were still getting opportunities to extend their advantage though.
Their number 13 made a run off the shoulder of the last defender and rounded Moran, he came inside to open up the angle but Collins sprinted back and made the challenge to stop a certain goal, the resulting corner saw the number 7 of Middleton volley the cross wide.
Wing back Tom Crompton then made a great run as he sprinted beyond his fellow full back, he fired a shot which produced a stunning fingertip save out of the goalkeeper.
The resulting corner saw Clarke have an effort blocked before Casey then produced an audacious flick straight at the keeper.
There were then two big chances for Middleton. The first saw Moran produced a great save to prevent the number 9 scoring a third, before the Middleton number 6 struck a volley which cannoned off the number 13 and just wide with the keeper beaten.
Despite those big chances, Wilmslow grew into the game after a slow start and were getting closer towards the last 15 minutes of the first half.
Louis Mundin received the ball in the midfield, he layed it off to Casey, whose touch was slightly heavy and the effort went over the bar.
Five minutes later, Middleton didn’t get a corner cleared fully and it fell to Kirk, who took a touch and his left foot produced another great save out of the keeper.
There were then two big chances for Knight.
The first effort saw him one-on-one with the goalkeeper as he gets beyond the defender, before hitting the shot wide, with his next effort being blocked after some great build up play by the Wilmslow Albion team.
Middleton’s goalkeeper was then forced into making another big save, as he dived to stop a long-range effort from Pearson which was goalbound.
The final chance of the half went wide from Kirk.
The second half got underway with the Middleton Colt’s number 7 striking an effort deflected wide within the first minute of the half.
Crompton then had an effort saved by the keeper, who was in great form, with the resulting corner seeing Joe Kirk fire an effort wide of the keeper’s left-hand post.
The number 7 of Middleton Colts was denied again by Moran, before Collins played a ball from the left across the box and it evaded everyone.
Knight then had two chances for Wilmslow. The first effort was blocked after he produced some great footwork inside the box, before his second curling effort went wide.
The next 20 minutes were quiet compared to the opening 50, with possession being traded between both sides and an effort from Middleton’s number 7 which hit the side netting.
But with just over 15 minutes to go, a ball was played in from the right by Middleton Colts and the number 7 poked it home for his second of the game.
Wilmslow were looking down the barrel of a third straight defeat, but Joe Kirk was first to respond to a Callum Knight blocked shot, and his effort went in at the near post to make it 3-1 in the 80th minute.
Before the social media team could finish reporting his first goal, Kirk got on the end of a ball which was played from right to left, he ran at the full back and lashed a left footed effort into the roof of the net to take Wilmslow to within one.
The Middleton number 12 then tried to get around Myles Harrison, but he did enough to force the Middleton player to force his shot wide.
As the game entered the last five minutes, Wilmslow got back on level terms.
It started from Kirk, again making a great contribution, by playing a ball long for Harrison O’Shea, he pulled out to the left, played it into the box where Louis Mundin was waiting, he took one touch and put it past the keeper to make it 3-3.
Wilmslow could have settled for a point but the Oakmen did not give up and kept going and this led to a massive reward.
A corner came in from Pearson, it was cleared to Clarke who tried to shoot, Knight then had a go, back to Clarke, but then Kieran Casey, with virtually the last kick of the game, stabbed it under the goalkeeper and euphoria ensued amongst the Wilmslow team.
Wilmslow Albion went from a near certain third defeat of 2020, to an outstanding first win.
They showed a spirit and determination to not give up from the position they were in and fight to produce their best display of the season.
Every player on that pitch had reason to be proud of themselves and those who didn’t get on played a big part for the team as well.
Oli Tarpey and Danny Smith will be hoping this victory hugely builds the confidence of the players.
Wilmslow Albion’s next fixture sees the Oakmen return to Oakwood Farm to face Uppermill.