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WBAFC 1-4 Pilkington + Blazing Rag 0-3 WBAFC DS
Written by Kempes   
Monday, 17 September 2018 16:26

15/09/2018

A depleted Whaley team’s woes continue after losing to one of the more complete Cheshire league sides we’ve played so far this season.

Pilkington’s front line of Declan Hill, Matty Taylor & Graham Boylan were too much of a physical presence for Whaley’s defence today. Pilkington played to their strengths aiming for the experienced Hill who won vital headers; he nodded on but the Whaley defence were guilty of being flat and although Bailey got a block on Taylors shot it looped wickedly over Tattersall; typical of the home side’s luck so far this season. Soon after a misjudged clearance from Tattersall left Hill unchallenged to caress into an empty net. Two down through two mistakes early on and a mountain to climb!

Whaley did manage to get Leadbetter through now and again but his crosses were cleared by the visitor’s impressive speedy sweeper. Leadbetter, released again for his best opportunity of the half, saw his early shot sky way over the cross bar. The home side got themselves back into the game when Drayson curled a free kick in from 25 yrds. Then possibly the turning point for Whaley came after some good play had the visitor’s defence all over the place but the keeper made a good save; this followed by a close range effort that was blocked on the line with the ball rebounding to Barlow who thought it best to hit his shot first time, having never got a shout, when he had all the time in the world to make sure only to scuff wide.

With minutes until half time a weak defensive header put Whaley’s defence under pressure, Taylor was played in on the right and from a narrow angle smashed the ball in effectively killing any chance Whaley had to comeback. Inevitably with the home side pushing on the counter was always a danger and sure enough after 70 minutes Pilks broke with the ball finally getting to Taylor who completed a hatrick, a lesson learned Pilks had 6 chances scoring 4.

Pilkington showed a great team work ethic and we are happy to note that every player/manager came back to the pub for food/drink as did Daten last week. It is also refreshing to mention a credible refereeing performance (by Ian Claridge) these days; one wonders whether other teams are finding that when there is no assessor the referees tend not to get involved in as many controversial game changing decisions; decisions that unfortunately have gone against Whaley this season so far!

A below par and rather flat Whaley didn’t really have a stand-out player apart from a spirited performance from Ray Dwolitka and a decent half hour from Langford plus late interventions by lively young substitutes Connell and O’Donnell.  Too many Whaley’s players will be disapointed in their performance today seemingly lacking desire & enthusiasm.  On the positive side Whaley got minutes into a couple of players coming back from serious injuries.

Tattersall; Bailey; Sutton; Toseland; Hodges; Drayson (1); Halligan; Barlow; Gilbride; Dwolitka; Leadbetter

Connell; O’Donnell; Langford; Gemmell

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Blazing Rag 0-3 WBAFC DS

Following on from a great come-back last week the Development Squad were eager to put in a better first half performance this week.

Youngster George Howell opened the scoring after only 5 minutes - after Jackson threaded a neat through ball Howell placed the ball to the keeper’s right to make it 1-0.

Minutes later another youngster Tyler Arnfield whipped in a superb corner from the right that Cripps headed in from the six yard line - Alex also scored in the same fixture last season! 2-0

30 minutes on the clock and the in-form Jackson made one of his trademark mazy runs across the 18 yard line and hit a great shot into the Rag net leaving the keeper with no chance at all 3-0.

With no keeper in the squad this week Captain mason stood between the sticks for the team, and with Bridge giving away far too many free kicks in their half putting themselves under unnecessary pressure - Mason had to step up and tip one effort superbly over the bar in the latter stages of the half to keep the clean sheet intact.

Half time saw the introduction of youngster Matt Baldwin and veteran Tailby to provide some fresh legs in the wide positions, but the Rag were much improved and for long periods the home side were forced to defend. The referee giving several soft free kicks also didn’t help matters and on 60 minutes Rag were awarded a penalty but Mason, wasn’t going to let his clean sheet go easily and, saved from the spot kick pushing the ball wide of his left hand post!

In the final 30 minutes youngsters Roberts, Henderson and Brown all came on and impressed; Brown in particular showed great feet on numerous occasions that Rag couldn’t deal with but unfortunately his crosses were not met by the strikers.

Roberts, Tailby and Baldwin all had clear chances to score but it wasn’t their day in front of goal and several decent saves by the Rag keeper prevented the Broome from scoring on 3 occasions.

The final score 3-0 flattered Rag, Whaley were much better than the score suggested but a decent result sees the DS move to 3rd in the table going into next week’s game.

Man of the match: Mason

Mason, Peatfield, Wilson, Cripps(1), Hodgkinson, Meadows, Broome, Jackson (1), Howell (1), Arnfield, Wigg.

Roberts, Brown, Baldwin, Henderson, Tailby .

Next week the DS play Darley Dale at Park Road and will be looking to keep this momentum going

 
Knutsford 3-2 WBAFC + WBAFC DS 3-2 Chinley
Written by Scirea   
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 08:58

08/09/18

Late penalties provide dramatic climax to both seniors and the Development Squad games

Knutsford 3 2 Whaley Bridge

These two teams have in recent years competed in the top 3 but now find themselves in transition in the bottom third and desperate for points.

Ultimately separated by what definitely wasn’t even a dubious decision - that would imply there was some doubt….. ‘no’ the decision in the last minute to award a penalty, converted by West, was simply dreadful and wrong! Knutsford substitute Akome running faster than his legs wanted to carry him was already off balance outside the area and falling forward when Whaley’s stand-out player Jamie Kay running alongside made an innocuous challenge just inside the area; with no appeal from any quarter the ref, in the words of a Knutsford spectator, ‘fell for it’! Another body blow to an unsettled and injury strapped Whaley squad that luck seems to have deserted so far this season; this the second last minute penalty to cost them dearly. Unfortunately Kay's frustration at got the better of him and his red card will ultimately hit the team hard!

A different look and more experienced Knutsford started well and looked the more comfortable team passing and moving well though created little until Clayton put 1874 Northwich striker Kyle Riley through on goal to shoot wide of Tattersall’s far post. Whaley were playing well enough and held their shape gaining back possession in the middle third with Sutton dominating the aerial midfield battle. The visitors took the lead through Jacob O’Donnell following a run by Hodgkinson who linked well with Brown down the Knutsford left flank; the 16 year old beat his marker and rounded the centre half before curling his shot in to the far corner to put Whaley one nil up. Whaley had several opportunities after that with plenty of telling crosses but couldn’t capitalise on their work in the final third. Knutsford’s equaliser came after failing to clear the ball that, after a couple of ricochets, fell to Clayton who hit a 25 screamer in to Tattersall’s far corner right on the stroke of half time; 1-1.

The home side, aided and abetted by more than a smattering of 1874 Northwich squad players preferred over some of their regular players, were now playing some neat possession football but only created any real pressure from corners with Bailey, kay, Toseland and Hodges making it very difficult for them with some dogged defending throughout. However, they did take the lead on the hour when the visitors failed to ‘get out’ following a corner leaving the corner taker still on-side in the second phase to cross for Bradley West to head in at the far post; 2-1.

Given their predicament this season Whaley brought Raymond Dwolitka out of retirement and he eased back into football linking well with the two 16 year olds O’Donnell and Baldwin. Probably slightly against the run of play Whaley responded on 65 minutes when old boy Matt Brown cutting in from the left locked on to Bailey’s cross to fire a right foot 20 yarder into the roof of the net. This raised the team and with more presence up-front they turned the game on its head to take control. However, a rare break from the home side in the last quarter saw a long cross-field ball find Akome and the rest is history as they say.

So, a whole day was spoiled by one heart-breaking decision, however Whaley can walk away from this fixture with their heads held high after a terrific spirited performance. It tells a story when the Knutsford players, supporters and the player who was fouled thought to apologise afterwards…. but no doubt they will still embrace the 3 points.

The team showed spirit and commitment and mustn't let this injustice knock their confidence; surely their luck must change soon?

Mom Jamie Kay

Tattersall; W Bailey; Kay; Toseland; Hodges; Drayson; Sutton; Gilbride; Hodgkinson; Brown (1); O’Donnell (1)

Dwolitka; Baldwin; Connell; Langford; Gemmell

 

WB Development Squad 3-2 Chinley

The DS came back from a 2 nil deficit at home to record their first win of the season against a strong physical Chinley outfit that looked to be on course for a convincing win at half time.

Whaley started brightly having the majority of the early possession but failed to make any of the pressure count , resorting to strikes from outside the box which didn’t test the Chinley keeper .

20 minutes in and a clever through ball was accurately dispatched by the Chinley forward giving the away side the lead.  Whaley’s passing and discipline wasn’t at its best and the home side struggled to keep hold of the Ball for any period of time - Chinley on the other hand were winning the majority of 50/50 battles and a free header inside the 6 yard box after 35 minutes saw them take a 2-0 lead going into half , Whaley by then looked to be a beaten team.

With No changes made at the half time and having spoken about man marking in the middle of the park, the need to win more 50/50 battles and to improve the quality of deliveries into the box Whaley appeared much more settled and motivated !

Owen Peatfield pushed forward from the left back position whipping a perfect delivery towards the penalty spot and Jack Meadows met this with a bullet header into the top right hand corner to make the score 1-2.

Tailby - having worked hard for 60 minutes on the right was replaced with youngster Tyler Arnfield - who came on in the left of a 5 man midfield - an excellent through ball from Jackson found him on his favoured left foot and he lobbed the Chinley keeper from 25 yards with his first touch of the ball to even the score at 2-2.

10 minutes remained and Whaley were pushing hard, out battling the visitors; Peter Wigg who had held the ball up superbly as an isolated striker all game muscled his way into the opposition box only to be brought down by the centre half;  Jackson stepped up and slotted the penalty home to make the score 3-2, his third goal already this season !

Chinley threw everything at Whaley in the last 5 minutes, Wilson , Coates, Mason, Hodgkinson and Peatfield stood solid as did josh Arnfield in nets making several decent saves in the latter stages to keep the score at 3-2.

An amazing turnaround from a youthful Whaley squad, comprising 7 players at 17 years old or under, that showed real character and team spirit to seal their first victory of this campaign.

Credit to the lads for an amazing turnaround

Man of the match: Joe Coates

Arnfield, Peatfield, Hodkinson, Wilson, Coates , mason(c), Jackson (1), meadows(1), Howell , Tailby, Wigg.

Henderson, Roberts, McNamara, brown, Arnfield

 
Knutsford 3-2 WBAFC
Written by Batistuta   
Monday, 10 September 2018 08:27

08/09/2018

These two teams in recent years have competed in the top 3 but now find themselves in transition in the bottom third and desperate for points.

report to follow

 
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