Perfect Paddock Comeback
A resilient Stretford Paddock side came from behind twice to earn themselves a valuable 3 points after a tough run of results in previous weeks.
Paddock, expectedly, controlled proceedings early on against Ashton who find themselves bottom of the table. Brilliant link up play between a fast flowing forward three saw plenty of early opportunities arise for the home side.
Only ten minutes into the game, a sloppy bit of football in the midfield from Paddock saw a quick Ashton through ball who found the forward that slotted home calmly against the run of play. An instant response from Paddock followed with chances coming for both Katumba and Macfarlane with the visitors seemingly hanging on to their somewhat fortunate lead.
A moment of madness from Ashton’s number ten saw the youthful side reduced to ten men after a kick out at Adjei directly in front of the referee’s watchful eye. Paddock’s dominance continued with them making the most of the extra man advantage forcing Ashton’s youthful backline into often clearing their lines.
With just under ten minutes to go a brilliant through pass from Burke found Joao De Andrade bearing down on goal at blistering place with Katumba alongside, who he set up for an easy finish for Paddock’s number nine giving Paddock a deserved goal in a first half that they entirely controlled.
Despite Ashton taking the lead it was a quiet opening 45 minutes for Paddock keeper Gimenez, who found himself in between the sticks after Martin Flanagan’s injury that he sustained last weekend, as the first half came to a close with both sides level but Paddock dominating proceedings.
HALF TIME: Stretford Paddock 1-1 Ashton Town Reserves
Paddock began the second half how they left off the first with a good chance falling for De Andrade after a good ball over the top from skipper James Oatt which was confidently defended early in the second half.
Once again, against the run of play, a route one free kick that bypasses Paddock’s entire backline saw their captain loft the ball over a helpless Gimenez to see Ashton Town Reserves take the lead for the second time in the game requiring another Paddock reaction.
Another fantastic reaction followed from Paddock as Oatt found a frighteningly fast Burke through on goal to calmly slot past the Ashton goalkeeper just after the hour mark and bring Paddock level once again, which was the least they deserved.
A mazey run in midfield from Nosa Iyamu and a spectacular through ball found half-time substitute Kayode Adewale in a one-on-one situation however he was unable to get his shot away with Paddock always pushing to go ahead for the first time in the match.
With ten minutes remaining in the second half another Paddock substitute, Ronaldo Brown, excellently squared the ball for Nosa Iyamu to tap home from close range and put themselves in the lead for the first time, the least that the home side deserved after an incredible display of dominance against the ten men of Ashton.
Limited chances followed as Paddock professionally contained Ashton and gained themselves a vital three points in a well-earned victory which will be very well received by all at Stretford Paddock after a few disappointing results this year.
FULL TIME: Stretford Paddock 3-2 Ashton Town Reserves
Stretford Paddock FC XI: Victor Gimenez (GK), Richard Adjei, Michael Burke, James Oatt (C), Thomas Macfarlane, Zacharias Bell, Joao De Andrade, Omar Sinclair, Ryan Katumba, Nosa Iyamu, Radhe Barber
Subs: Jainiero Salmon-Harris, Kayode Adewale, Nasser Shakoor, Ronaldo Brown