Andy Wycherley may be out of sight as far as TNS match days are concerned but he’s definitely not out of mind. The young goalkeeper, out on loan at Guilsfield FC in the Huws Gray Alliance, like the others playing their football elsewhere at the moment, is still very much part of the TNS footballing family.
This afternoon (Saturday, November 11 2017) we went to watch the Telford-born shot-stopper, who is a product of the Park Hall Academy. Hosting Holywell Town at the Community Centre Ground, it was a grey afternoon and the floodlights were on from the off.
Andy had to wait until the third minute before getting his first touch of the game – a ball from his team mate with no-one following through ensured he had plenty of time to pick his pass.
It was four minutes later when he made his first real impression on the game. A cross played in high from his left was handled well, and in spite of appeals from the opposition that the ball had crossed the line, the referee blew for a foul on the keeper.
Although Holywell were led up front by the physical presence of Steve ‘The Beast’ Lewis, the first contact between the two was eight minutes before the break as Wycherley raced from his line to collect, ahead of the incoming number ten.
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) November 11, 2017
The second period was ten minutes old when Wycherley stretched to clutch a ball played in from Holywell’s right, courtesy of a free-kick, following a push on Lewis.
At the edge of his area he released the ball quickly, high and long, but the Guils’ attack was unable to take advantage.
Four minutes later, a tame but nevertheless on-target shot from Lewis, saw the TNS man in the right place at the right time as he saved comfortably.
Most of the action was at the other end though, although Guilsfield were unable to break down a determined Holywell defence, who through a combination of good fortune and dogged defending, kept a clean sheet.
With just over a minute of normal time to go, Wycherley pulled off a great save to deny the visitors, who were unable to exact revenge following last week’s 2-3 home reversal to the Guils in the JD Welsh Cup second round game.
After the game we interviewed Andy and you can listen to that below. Following Aron Jones’ feature at Caersws earlier in the season, next up it’s Jacob Farleigh who is on loan at FC Oswestry Town in the English system.