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Athletico Avalanche
Written by Mike Madden   
Thursday, 21 April 2016 20:24

Whaley Bridge Under 17s got back to winning ways and kept their title hopes alive with an emphatic win over Athletico Macclesfield. It took around 10 seconds for Whaley to take the lead as a defensive lapse saw Jack Howell pick up the loose ball and coolly slot home. Whaley should have had a second when Howell played in Kieran Connell for a tap in. Unfortunately he tapped it wide. Next it was Zain Saeed's turn to miss a simple chance, though he made up for it with a shot that was deflected towards the keepers hands and into the net. Whaley were playing some good football, but leaving gaps at the back, and they were punished as the visitors made it 2-1. Ash Blackham was commanding in goal, but Whaley lost their talismanic centre half as Alfie Hodges went off with a hamstring injury. The home side poured forward again, and Ole Madden's cross found Howell who made it 3-1 at the break. Whaley had another fast start to open the second half, and Howell bagged his hattrick. He should have had another, but poked the ball wide, and Athletico got back into it with a swift response. Whaley lost another centre half as Jake Young went off with cramp, but again they shrugged it off. The game was end to end, and it was Whaley who struck the telling blow as Howell turned provider for Connell to bag the fifth. The scoring was completed by Howell's 4th to give Whaley a comprehensive 6-2 victory, but they will need to be more composed when they visit Hollingworth on Sunday.

 
 
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