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WBAFC 1-1 Daton
Written by Passarella   
Monday, 03 September 2018 08:12


Oliver Toseland back in at centre back alongside Captain Sutton with Alfie Hodges back out to left back; the Broome missing so Will Bailey moved forward into wide midfield with young Dan Connell coming in at right back; apart from that no change!

New boys Daton arrived on another warm Horwich Park afternoon no doubt in confident mood with two recent back to back wins under their belt. As the league table would suggest the first half turned out to be a fairly even affair with most of the play in and across the middle third where Daton retained possession well but didn’t really create much. However, Whaley, playing towards the Taxal end, created the best chance of the half when the impressive young Jacob O’Donnell ran on to a bouncing ball to nod over the advancing keeper only to see the ball cleared off the line. The home side lost the unfortunate Tom Streets after only 15 minutes with what looks to be another serious knee problem adding to Whaley's already extensive injury list, George Howell taking his place wide right.

The majestic Bill Sutton dominated play throughout from the back but he would probably admit that on another day he would have scored from a corner close in.  As luck would have it the visitors then took the lead on 70 minutes, the ball smashed into the net by Michael Nutkins following a fortunate rebound to his feet only 6 yards out giving Tattersall no chance. To their credit the home side responded almost immediately when Jake Drayson ran on to a Tattersall clearance down the right to lob over the advancing keeper and into the far corner.  Whaley thought they had grabbed a winner when only minutes later Arron Hodgkinson fed the ball through to O’Donnell who then passed it into the corner, alas he was unfortunate to be adjudged offside, presumably in the previous phase…. as they say now!

The ever dependable Tattersall tipped the ball over the bar a couple of times from speculative efforts but really Whaley pretty much pinned Daton back in the last quarter and probably deserved more than just a point. Gilbride in midfield looked to be back to his best, retaining possession in tight situations and setting up the play; Will Bailey in midfield this week battled for the cause and the youngsters Howell and O’Donnell both played their part.

MoM Sutton & Gilbride

Tattersall; Connell; Sutton; Toseland; Hodges; Hodgkinson; Gilbride; Streets; Bailey; Drayson; O’Donnell;

G Howell; Langford

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