Saturday 9th October

Rocester FC v Wythenshawe Amateurs FC
Northwest Counties League Division One (South)
Kick-off 3:00pm

The score line did not reflect the contribution made by the Romans in this NWCL Division One South clash….

Rocester started really well and gave as good as they got for a number of spells against a team who are riding high in the league….

With the previous announcement that Mark Grimley had agreed to take on the manager’s position on a permanent basis, the Romans did their level best to make a success of this tie following the previous week’s victory at Saint Martins FC.

With just eight minutes on the clock, Jack Grimshaw was unlucky when his powerful shot on goal was saved by the Ammies’ keeper.

However, Wythenshawe had other ideas and proved to be a force with which to be reckoned when after some early skirmishes of their own in the Rocester area, Saul Henderson scored from the penalty spot following a trip.

Rocester 0-1 Wythenshawe.

Just five minutes later, an individual effort by Henderson which squirmed underneath Charlie Wood netted Wythenshawe a second.

Rocester 0-2 Wythenshawe.

Despite plenty of action particularly from the visitors, the score line remained at 0-2 up to the half-time whistle.

Half-time score: Rocester 0-2 Wythenshawe

With just five minutes of the second half gone, Wythenshawe were awarded a corner. White delivered the ball to the near post and Henderson was there to flick it in for his hat-trick.

Rocester 0-3 Wythenshawe.

Over the next thirty minutes, Rocester started to press – cheered on by their particularly vociferous young supporters - and were unlucky not to get back into the game when forcing a couple of good saves from the Ammies’ keeper.

It was also harsh on the Romans when they conceded a fourth goal following a tap-in from a corner by Thomas Fisher in the 87th minute.

Rocester 0-4 Wythenshawe.

During the dying minutes, the Ammies found themselves down to ten men when having already made three substitutions, Louis White was forced to retire injured.

However, they remained resolute to the end!

Full-time score: Rocester 0-4 Wythenshawe

Despite going down by four goals to nil, Rocester never gave up and indeed had their fair share of good spells against a team who put in one of the best performances we have seen at Hillsfield this season...