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Weston Wilt As Whaley Win
Written by Mike Madden   
Sunday, 14 February 2016 15:45

Whaley Bridge Under 17s came from behind to beat a spirited Weston Rangers in Macclesfield.

When Whaley arrived it seemed that the game might not go ahead as there were four sets of players waiting to play, but the Weston manager held firm and the home side kicked off on a heavy pitch. Whaley dominated the early exchanges, with Jack Howell, Zain Saeed and Nathan Wild all having chances. Weston broke, and a deflected shot looped over Ash Blackham to give Weston a surprise advantage. A few minutes later it was 2, as Whaley failed to clear a corner that was fired home. This sparked Whaley into belated action, with Bruce Glover pushing forward on the right to good effect. He drove into the box, and as the defence backed off he struck a low shot. The excellent Weston keeper parried, and a stumbling Saeed almost fell into the ball that nestled in the onion bag. Whaley were on top, and it wasn’t long before parity was restored. Saeed swung a corner into a dangerous area on the six yard line. Ole Madden came through a crowd of players and flung himself headlong. His bullet header was unstoppable, and it seemed that Whaley might run away with it. The home side hung on until half time, with Harry Hunt being replaced by the all action Will McIlveen at the centre of the defence. The second half began with Whaley maintaining their momentum. Alfie Hodges was released further forward, and the Weston back line struggled to cope. Wild was given the responsibility to lead the line, and he forced several panicky moments. Jack Howell swivelled to shoot, but he was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot. Saeed took a stuttering run, and the keeper guessed right to push the ball away for a corner. Saeed was at the heart of everything, and his corner caught the keeper by surprise as it dipped under the bar and into the net. A spectacular, if somewhat fortuitous delivery that gave Whaley their first lead of the day. Wild was brought down, and after a quick check on his position the referee gave a second penalty. This time it was Howell who made no mistake, blasting the ball high into the net to double Whaley’s advantage. Weston came back for more, with Blackham making some desperate clearances, but it was Whaley who struck again through a strange own goal. Another free kick saw Saeed size up his hattrick, and he fired the ball into the top corner. The outcome seemed inevitable, until the Weston keeper was again the hero as he dived full length to push it away. The ref called a halt with the result a 5-2 victory for Whaley Bridge, and in truth both sides could have doubled their tally in a very entertaining contest.

 

 
 
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