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Crewe Athletic 2-1 WBAFC
Written by Passarella   
Friday, 22 March 2019 09:19


After reaching another final last week and Whaley sat in mid table security it was a good opportunity to give several squad members some crucial game time. Young Jacob O’Donnell started upfront, Gregory and Gemmell both made their first starts since last year and so leading goal scorer Leadbetter, unwell during the week, was on the bench alongside Will Bailey; J Kay still suspended.

Against a strong swirling wind and on a bumpy pitch Whaley had the better of the first half and could and should have finished the game off by half time. Dwyer ran Crewe’s back line ragged, had two close range shots saved by an inform Crewe keeper, and beating defenders for fun he also delivered some telling balls into the box which Whaley unfortunately didn’t convert. Eventually Langford got on the end of a deep Dwyer cross and looped his header back across goal hitting the underside of the cross bar to put the visitors in front. A free header for Sutton at the back post hit the side netting. Crewe were always dangerous from set plays and Blundell delivered some terrific corners that Whaley just managed to clear however a dubious penalty decision went against the visitors, who were punished for winning the ball in their box; Southern duly equalised. Bailey replaced the injured Dunn after only 15 minutes.

The strong swirling wind so difficult in the first have dropped but even so it was a pretty eventless second half with both teams wasteful in possession. Whaley lacked quality and too often resorted to the long ball losing possession and so it always looked likely that the next goal would decide the game. Surprisingly it was a Poor Hudson free kick that set up Crewe’s winning goal 10 minutes from time. As everybody set up for a high back post delivery the miss kick arrived near post but should have been cleared; two Whaley defenders collided in their eagerness to clear allowing Lewis a free attempt on goal… Tattersall saving that but Lewis nodded the rebound over him for the decisive second goal. It was evident the result meant an awful lot more to Crewe than Whaley but more importantly Whaley got more minutes in their squad and another fixture completed.

An otherwise sporting encounter was marred by an stupid aggressive Crewe ‘supporter’ who tried to enter the Whaley dressing room to threaten players and determined to fight. Not what the game needs against a back-drop of unselfish work done by volunteers from both clubs.

Tattersall; Gregory; Toseland; Sutton; Gemmell; Langford (1); Gilbride; Broome; Dunn; Dwyer; O’Donnell

W Bailey (30); M Baldwin (75); S Leadbetter (80)

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