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Crewe 0-3 WBAFC
Written by Morgan   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:46

You would have been mistaken if possibly you feared a dull low-key start to the game after the enthralling Derbyshire Cup game last Tuesday.

Whaley set about Crewe from the start, playing 4-4-2 formation and driving into the wind in the first half, Whaley had several shots from in and around the area via Barlow, Burgess and Gilbride that Lyons in goal for the home side managed to hold on to.

Joe Burgess, back from injury and very lively upfront, was played into the left-hand corner by the Broome; he beat his two markers and crossed into the 6 yard box where the impressive advancing Gilbride met the ball heading it down to give the keeper no chance. Whaley's back four were very solid and Crewe's/the League's top scorer only had one real chance when a big kick from Lyons was brought down by Southern who turned his marker and shot early only for the ever reliable Tattersall to smother the opportunity.  However what it did do was to send a message that Whaley couldn't relax as Nathan Southern is decisive when on goal and given the opportunity.

Whaley should have had the game sown up but were not as assertive as they should have been, possibly due to tired legs and the lack of a ruthless edge, in and around the opponent's area.  After too many potential attacks came to nothing because of offside or poor delivery from dead ball situations the second goal did eventually come when a deep free kick from Gilbride was met by Captain Rob Newton who made sure by putting everything into a half volley to give the visitors a deserved 2 goal advantage.

A very good first half however Whaley need to take more advantage when they have so much possession in the opponent's final third.

Whaley now had the wind at their backs despite retaining much of the possession were restricted to mainly corners and free kicks by some dogged defending by Crewe's back four and all the time Crewe's Derrice and Southern were always a threat.  Eventually a Whaley forward was prepared to run at his marker in a dangerous area; G Burgess cut inside to beat his marker and the advancing centre-half to then drill his shot hard and low past Lyons to seal victory and a place in the quarter finals versus Eagle at Home.  One last opportunity fell to Pete Wigg who got on the end of a Gilbride cross only to see his well directed header saved bt the in form Lyons.

Several good performances including the back four, a god all-round attitude but MoM Dan Gilbride.

Tattersall; Bailey; Newton(1); Streets; Broome; Sutton(75) Barlow; Gilbride(1); J Burgess(70); G Burgess(1) Kelly(75)

Gemmill(70) Connell(75) Wigg(75)

Derbyshire Senior Cup Quarter Final
Written by Boninsegna   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 14:15


Ilkeston Town FC 1(4) - 1(3) WBAFC

Darryl’s team selection and his opportunity to make any significant tactical changes during the game were somewhat restricted by the fact that 2 regular senior players, Gregory & Kay, were unavailable on the night; unfortunately Gemmill & top scorer Joe Burges weren't 100% either and also had to revert to the bench alongside promising youngsters Dan Connell and Jacob O’Donnell.

So the Broome slotted in at left back, Sutton patrolled in front of the defence with Gilbride and Barlow further forward; Ledbetter and George Burgess out wide and Jack Kelley up front.

Understandably, after having not played since the last round on December 5th, Whaley initially sat back and allowed the home side to switch the ball across the back and around the middle third but with little or no end product Tattersall in goal for Whaley wasn’t really bothered first half although the one opening that fell to Tim Hopkinson 6 yards out wasn’t converted.

With the likes of Broome, Gilbride and Barlow beginning to seriously harass the higher level opposition Whaley began to win more possession and on 3 separate occasions released the speedy Sam Ledbetter down the left, on each occasion Sam decided to shoot from distance with the keeper off his line. The third effort, a right footer, looked for all the world that it would hit the top right corner but just went wrong side of the post. Ilkeston manager Steve Chettle admitted after the game that Whaley Bridge could have been three or four goals ahead at the break.

The home side were much improved in the second half. Forward Alex Marshall was unlucky to only fire his effort straight at Whaley Bridge keeper James Tattersall, after some good control in the area. Marshall was involved again just ten minutes later, holding off two defenders before laying the ball off to Hopkinson who smashed it low and hard towards goal; Tattersall although getting a hand on it couldn’t keep the ball out. It should be noted that Ilkeston's 'star' striker was for the most part kept well and truly under wraps by the outstanding central partnership of Newton and Streets.

Whaley grabbed a well-deserved equaliser in the 82nd minute; a wicked free kick executed in typical Gilbride left foot fashion swung in from the right and with everyone chasing back towards goal Jack Kelly got there first to glance the ball past the advancing Ian Deakin.

The game opened up and play swung from end to end although in the final minutes everyone was well aware that there was no extra time and penalties loomed. Just turned 16 Jacob O’Donnell, a product of Whaley’s youth system, replaced the injured Sam Ledbetter and certainly didn’t look out of place in his debut game looking quick and making good use of the ball.

And so to penalties!

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be; Deakin made 2 saves and Tattersall one and so Ilkeston Town go through 4-3 on penalties, as they did against Glossop NE in the previous round; to meet Alfreton Town in the semi-final.

The game was deemed to be the match of the round and didn't disappoint; it was published on a live twitter feed/Periscope, a marvellous advertisement for a team that has showed real spirit and not a little ability throughout the competition to match much higher placed opponents.

Ilkeston's compact and well appointed ground welcomed a crowd of some 300 of which around 10% had made the 110 round trip from Whaley on a cold Tuesday evening and WBAFC very much appreciates their continued support and involvement.

Tattersall, Bailey; Newton; Streets; Broome; Ledbetter; Gilbride; Barlow; Burgess G; Kelly

Gemmill; Burgess J; Connell; O’Donnell

Derbyshire Senior Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Written by Scirea   
Sunday, 31 December 2017 16:22

Whaley Bridge AFC will make history by reaching the rarefied atmosphere of the Derbyshire Senior Challenge Cup Quarter Finals for the first time; fixtures to be played on Tuesday January 9th, KO 7:45pm

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