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Hollingworth Humbled
Written by Mike Madden   
Sunday, 24 April 2016 18:30

Whaley Bridge kept their title hopes alive with a comfortable win against Hollingworth Juniors.

The home side just about managed to get 11 players onto the pitch for kick off, whilst Whaley called on a squad of 15 for this crucial game. Hollingworth were in 3rd at the start of play, with Whaley hot on their heels, just a point further back in 4th. News filtered through that Inter Cheadle had lost their last game of the season against Marple, so either of these sides could now win the league outright. It was a sloppy start on a bobbly pitch, and Hollingworth drew first blood as a throw in drifted into the box where it was headed past the despairing dive of Ash Blackham. This galvanised Whaley into action, and they dominated possession. Ole Madden had a flying header that went wide and Zain Saeed struck the crossbar with a fierce shot. It seemed like only a matter of time, and the dam burst from an expertly driven corner from Saeed that was bundled into the net by Jack Howell for his 20th goal of the season. He didn't have to wait long for his 21st as he latched on to a defensive slip up and slotted home. The hosts were shellshocked, and minutes later it was Howell against the keeper once more. Again he made no mistake, and it was 3-1 to Whaley at the break. Midfield was getting increasingly fractious, with Nathan Wild, Will McIlveen, Dan Burt and Rhys Bowen all standing up to crunching challenges. It seemed that Whaley would score again several times, with goalmouth scrambles leading to chances for Hamaad Chaudhry, Wild, Kieran Connell and Howell. Connell was a constant threat down the right, and he settled the nerves with a tap in after the keeper only parried another Howell chance. Saeed was once again pressed into playing left back due to Alfie Hodges hamstring injury flaring up, and he did his defensive duties to perfection as he headed off the line. The fractious tackles spilled over, and Holliingworth had two men dismissed. Wild bagged the fifth, but there were more chances to come. Howell burst into the box and was brought down for a penalty. Chaudhry insisted on taking it, but his effort was saved in a last act of defiance for the home side. The 5-1 margin was just about deserved, and Whaley face the same opponents on Thursday, knowing that victory will take them to within 3 points of at least a share of the league title.

 

 
 
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