Greenalls Reserves 4 Rylands Reserves 0

GREENALLS Reserves bounced back from their defeat to Whaley Bridge with a comfortable victory over local side Rylands Reserves.

Goals from Tomo Lees, Ben McWilliams and a late brace from Leon Goulden gave the hosts the victory at Tetley Walker.

Greenalls started the first half with the drive to show Rylands that the game would not be an easy ride, with constant pressing, the Greens pushed the visitors back.

The early breakthrough came at that point as a late challenge on ex-Rylands’ man Phil Harrison resulted in audacious free kick dispatched into the top left hand corner from the returning Lees.

Rylands came back into the game with the pace of Williams and Mather causing small problems with the Greenalls defence.

The hosts became slack for the middle period, over playing in areas and the short passing became long balls giving easy pickings for the Rylands defence.

Ben McWilliams was unlucky not to increase his seasons tally early on as he broke free of the defence but was unable to guide the ball home, followed by a fine volley from 12 yards only to be matched with an equally good save from Matty Latham.

The visitors shot-stopper was again called into action as some neat work from Liam Edwards, squared the ball to Harrison whose driven shot was tipped over the bar.

The second half showed some solid passages of play from Greenalls, whose passing became crisp moving the ball round well.

Greenalls extended their lead through McWilliams from the 12-yard spot as Neil Glendinning’s feet were two quick for the Rylands’ fullback, he was brought down to win the despatched spot kick.

The lead could have been increased as substitute Paul Benns rounded the keeper only for the chasing full back to clear the ball off the line, Harrison then struck the bar on the hour mark.

As the game progressed Rylands became jaded, with only the lively Mather with two half chances providing any threat towards the hosts goal.

It was late substitute Leon Goulden who doubled the score, a neat header from a Glendinning cross and a left-footed goal-mouth scramble made it 4-0.

The icing was nearly put on the cake as 17-year-old Connor Fogg hit the post in the dying minutes as Greenalls ran out clear winners.

Greenalls Chris Kiernan, Martin Snagg, Matty Gleave, Rob Clarke, Joe Woods, Phil Harrison, Liam Edwards, Neil Glendinning, Tomo Lees, Jonny Leatherbarrow, Ben Mcwilliams.

Subs: Leon Goulding, Ellis Houghton, Paul Benns, Lewis Hampton, Connor Fogg.