Last night’s game was Whaley’s first test against an established Cheshire Premier side and we went on to secure our second win of the week in what turned out to be a good pass and move display from the Bridge.
Whaley produced an all round team performance today which included many attacking moves beginning at the back and working through the middle to produce an end product as Whaley created many scoring opportunities and an exciting game to watch.
Rob Newton & Lee Morris linked well up front and Lee had two great opportunities early on, the first when he cut inside the right back to produced a great save from Cheadle’s Arron Tryer and the the second when Damian Morrison pulled the ball back only for Lee to blast over the bar from 12 yards. Eventually Whaley got their just reward for a bright start when Morris beat two defenders to drive the ball across the box where Newton was able to get into the box and slide the ball into Cheadle’s goal. Whaley were playing well but Cheadle were always a threat but Whaley’s back four of Geo Langford, Scott Dignan, Micky Ryan & Paul Walker held their line well at 18 yards and reduced Cheadle to long range efforts which the assured Tattersall kept hold of in wet conditions. Rob Newton now became creator as he ran down Cheadles left back, retained the ball and played an exquisite into the path of Damian Morrison’s run, he set Craig Fluery up for a long range effort which took a slight deflection to give Whaley a deserved two nil lead. There was a late first half scare as Vinnie Braine worked a little bit of space on the right hand side of the box but blasted his shot against Whaley’s cross bar.
Whaley came out in the second half not prepared to sit on a two nil lead and soon applied pressure on Cheadle who were now having to take risks in order to get back into the game. It wasn’t long before the important next goal came and Bill Sutton opened up his 2012-2013 seasons account as Lee Morris flew down the left leaving two defenders in his wake and squared for Bill who first time shot hammered into the back of Cheadle’s goal from 18 yards. Cheadle couldn’t handle Lee Morris as he, time and time again, broke clear and rather than going at goal unselfishly played in advancing midfielders. Damien Morrison’s clever midfield runs could have rewarded him with goals but he was judged to have been off side several occasions with only the keeper to beat. Whaley were comfortable now and made three changes Burgess, Moss & Forder came on and it wasn’t long before George Burgess scored his customary goal for Whaley as Morris broke down the left yet again and his cross was met on the half volley by Burgess for a convincing four nil win.
Whaley had some great individual displays however the teams work ethic was the difference last night, players worked hard for each other and it was pleasing to see players covering each other all over the pitch. All eleven played well but for his unselfish forward play and his terrific work ethic & attitude for the team Lee Morris was Whaley’s man of the match.
This must surely have been one of the best ''football' games ever played at Whaley and was a fantastic advert for the CFL where all 22 players and subs tried to play football as it should be played. Don't miss the next game!
J Tattersall G Langford S Dignan (c) M Ryan P Walker B Sutton (1) R Newton (1) C Fluery (1) D Morrison C Watts L Morris
Subs R Forder G Burgess (1) C Moss A Hunter A Brown