A top of the table clash saw Whaley secure pall 3 points to more or less erode Nomad's potential advantage of 3 games in hand. Arguably with the league’s best two goal keepers on show today it wasn't surprisingly there weren’t more goals given both teams played three upfront from the start.
Cheadle got off to a flying start delivering some telling long balls in behind Whaley’s back four which caused a few problems in the first twenty minutes; although the majority didn’t lead to any actual notable chances it was nevertheless sustained pressure.
The referee awarded a penalty for a clash between a Whaley defender and Harrison following a Kayle Power cross. Tattersall guessed correctly and dived to his left only to see Youille’s spot kick hit the post & rebound to safety across goal. At the other Whaley’s Lee Morris was causing Cheadle’s back four no end of problems with his tricky incisive runs; he had a shot saved By Tyrer and his early crosses were cleared to safety mainly by McGregor.
This was Jack Kelly’s best game for Whaley so far; holding the ball up well & linking the play, it was Jack that spun his man & played a clever through ball for Tom Scorer to get ahead of his marker & slot past advancing Tyrer to give Whaley a one nil lead on the half hour. Whaley’s midfield of Streets, Gregory & Barlow worked very hard and didn’t allow Youille in particular anytime to have any impact in the game.
Cheadle came out again throwing everything at Whaley’s back four who held firm not allowing any space for the visitors to create any clear opportunities, crosses were either collected safely by Tattersall or punched to safety. Whaley could have finished Cheadle off when Scorer & Morris both shot wide from the edge of the box, Tom Streets put through and with only Tyrer to beat shot wide. Whaley introduced the speedy J Burgess on the hour and he was immediately played through on goal twice but both times his attempt was well saved by Tyrer.
It was a tense end to the game with Cheadle searching for an equaliser however a superb defensive display by a strong minded back four of Bill Sutton, Colin Moss, Rob Newton & Jace Broome denied Cheadle any opportunities within the box.
Also a big thankyou to all spectators who turned out in droves to enjoy an entertaining hard fought and deserved win for Whaley; a great performance by everybody today so couldn’t pick one player out above others.
J Tattersall, B Sutton, C Moss, R Newton (c), J Broome, J Gregory, T Streets, A Barlow, J Kelly, L Morris, T Scorer (1)
J Burgess 67, Will Bailey 76, J Golphin