The Saints travelled to south manchester on the back of three defeats and three poor performances, a place and a point ahead of our opponents. Jordan Davies and Matt Walters where unavailable and David Hartshorn suspended but there was good news as Jack Bates was finally cleared to mate his Debut, in our eleventh game of the season.
The game started evenly but it was first blood to the home side, good work from the left winger got a cross in and The Saints didnt deal with the second ball, the striker composed, shot across the keeper and the ball went in off the post.
The Saints where level 4 minutes later though, showing great character, Melusi was brought down by the keeper and Jay Hands stepped up to convert his penalty.
The game was competitive and evenly matched, defences on top and no keeper forced into a save. In the 34th minute the Saints really showed there class with a goal that would not be out of place at a much higher standard of football.
Easthope started the move in his own half by spreading the ball wide to melusi, he drove inside and returned the ball to Easthope who then passed the ball into Price and drove towards the Wythenshawe defence where he got the ball back 18 yards out and with the outside of his boot, bent the ball away from the keeper and into the far corner! A really classy goal!
Two minutes later, the Saints showed of extended their lead, a ball out to Melusi where he beat the full back and put a great ball into the box where Bailey, who had a fantastic game working hard up front, had time for a touch and to pick his corner but miscued and fired wide.
Wythenshawe had a chance to equalise just before half time, but Calum Bennett sensed the danger and cleared the effort off the line. They also tried to lob the keeper from 30 yards but it went wide!
Half time 1-2
The first 15 minutes followed a similar pattern to the first, competitive and full blooded but chances at a premium.
On the hour it was another penalty for the away side, after Price was played through on goal, tried to take it around the keeper but the home defender clipped him and fouled for a penalty. Hands duly dispatched the penalty for 1-3 lead.
With 15 remaining, Wythenshawe got a life line after Bennett clipped the forward after missing the ball and gave the third pen of the day, but Austin was equal to the effort and saved with his feet to keep the scoreline in the saints favour.
In stoppage time, the Saints where awarded their third pen of the day and the fourth of the game when Tom Ash was brought down by the goalkeeper, in fairness all four pen decisions the ref had spot on, and this gave Hands the chance for a hat trick of penalties, a feat he has achieved before for the Saints at Tipton, and he duly delivered and the Saints marched out 1-4 winners.
It was a fantastic team performance from everyone involved after a tough few weeks for the Saints. We now can look forward to a trip to Vauxhall Motors next week as we try and add to our points talley.