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A Game Of Two Halves
Written by Mike Madden   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 19:59

Whaley Bridge Under 17s had victory snatched away in a topsy turvy game at Marple Athletic. Whaley got off to an ideal start when an Ole Madden throw was flicked onto the head of an unsuspecting Marple defender and the Marple net. In difficult conditions Whaley played some scintillating football, and a flowing move down the right saw Nathan Wild and Kieran Connell combine to provide Zain Saeed with a chance that he duly buried. Bruce Glover made it two in two as Whaley notched a third before the break, and it was a confident team talk at half time. The second half started badly for the visitors as Marple hit them on the break to make it 3-1. Moments later they scrambled a second, and with less than 10 minutes of the second period played they were awarded a penalty as Ben Pickard was harshly adjudged to have committed a foul. Ash Blackham was rooted to the spot as the equaliser went in, and then it was a war of attrition with both sides pressing for the winner. Saeed sent a free kick into the box and Hamaad Chaudhry won the header. Alfie Hodges swung at the loose ball which dropped for Madden who poked it over the line. 4-3 to Whaley going into injury time, when Jack Howell had the chance to make it safe but he shot just wide. Five minutes into injury time Marple broke, and a tremendous tackle from Connell put the ball out for a corner. Even the home side applauded the challenge, but the referee saw it differently, and after considering the offence he pointed to the spot. Once more the striker made no mistake to level the scores. The referee was cast as the bad guy as the final whistle went, and Whaley must now rely on Marple to take points off Inter Cheadle as they strive for league success.

 
 
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