The referee made the call and fortunately the visibility on Garswood’s fog-bound ground didn’t deteriorate further on a heavy pitch.
Garswood’s new look young and enthusiastic side started well but it seemed both teams struggled to string much together after the long Xmas break. Kicking up hill in the first half it took Whaley a good 15 minutes to get properly going but once Joe Burgess switched to the left things began to happen. The visitors started to break Garswood down with Joe getting to the bye-line to fire crosses in but Whaley couldn’t get on the end of them. Then Lee Morris' turned provider, beating his man he looked up to deliver a superb cross for Tom Scorer to make a solid connection only to see his shot hit the post and rebounded to safety. Lee Morris then, played in by Gregory, beat keeper Lee O’Connor but was adjudged to off-side. Whaley had the better spells of the first half but couldn’t relax as Kelly Scahill & Ross were always a danger on the counter attack; their defence held a good line keeping opportunities to a minimum with Tattersall only having to deal with one shot on target.
Whaley began the second half unable to really mount any sustained threatening attacks as Garswood nine man defence harassed and pressed to protected their box. The visitors did have some good spells of possession and eventually a Joe Burgess cross found Sutton in the six yard box but somehow a Garswood defender got a great touch to prevent a goal.
Whaley finally found another gear and Morris put Broome clean through but a heavy first touch sent Broome to the right of the keeper and he couldn’t turn the ball goal bound from a tight angle. Whaley changed things again swapping forwards around to give Morris more freedom to pick the ball up and try to create things in the last quarter. Morris picked up a loose ball left side and turned inside to hit a contender for goal of season from beyond 25 yards into the top corner to give Whaley all three points in difficult conditions.
Whaley’s man of the match Rob Newton who made an incredible header with two attackers either side of him to keep the scores level.
A great advert for the league given the current table toppers Whaley were pushed right to the end by Garswood who on this showing are a mid-table side and if they keep this type of performance up it won’t be long before they start climbing the table.
J Tattersall J Bailey T Streets R Newton (c) J Broome W Bailey J Gregory B Sutton J Burgess L Morris (1)
J Kelly A Barlow J Brogden