Jimmies Enjoy home comforts as victory boosts fight against relegation

March 19, 2012
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Chris Nuttall hit a quality winner as Heywood St James came from behind to beat Wythenshawe Amateurs at Phoenix Park on Saturday.

But it was Mike Wetherilt who was the real hero of the day for Jimmies, scoring once and setting up both the other goals in a 3-2 victory that improves their chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier Division of the Manchester Football League.

The burly front man and strike partner Nuttall complimented each other well early on, their mixture of pace, brawn and guile causing the home defence some problems.

It was no surprise when Jimmies took the lead then, when Wetherilt’s left-footed strike was well saved by the visiting keeper, only for Craig Winter to finish coolly to make it three goals in two games.

Disaster struck, however, when Jimmies conceded a penalty and although it was  well saved by the legs of Tom Elford, the rebound fell to a Wythenshawe player and it was 1-1.

Jimmies conceded again before the break and not long into the second period both sides went down to 10 men after a seemingly innocuous challenge involving Winter. He was shown a second yellow and he was immediately followed by the player he’d tangled with.

The home side seemed to cope better with this, however, and levelled when Wetherilt latched onto a perfectly flighted corner to head home in front of the home support.

With momentum on their side, Jimmies pushed forward and it was fitting that Wetherilt and Nuttall should combine for the winning goal.

Wetherilt played Nuttall through with a defence-splitting pass, and the grey-haired front man rounded the keeper for a great finish and a deserved win.

Jimmies stay second bottom, but are level on points with AFC Bury – having played two games less – and Dukinfield Town.

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