Desperate to get back to winning ways Whaley started as though they meant it this week; controlling the first half and creating numerous chances on a lovely pitch, albeit understandably a bit bumpy, at Rudheath’s temporary home at Lostock Gralam .
In the first minutes Scorer had a goal disallowed for hand ball and then both he and Morris missed from close range before Morris finally settled everybody’s nerves with a delightful left foot chip from the edge of the area into Rudheath’s top far corner.
Two well-deserved goals in quick succession from the lively central midfield pair Streets and Barlow sealed the points before half time. Streets’ swivel and volley gave the keeper no chance and was followed by Barlow’s brave header in close at the back post following a Sutton corner. Although Mike Evans was constant aerial threat the game was now all but out of reach for the home side.
Whaley continued shortly after the break in the same vein but uncharacteristically both Scorer & Morris missed good opportunities to improve Whaley’s goal difference. Then a sublime free kick from 25 yards by Jack Bryning curled around the Whaley wall into Tattersall’s far corner gave Rudheath something to be pleased about and a ray of hope.
Burgess came on for the second half to add his alternative attacking approach and almost immediately made an impact; passing two defenders he cut inside and blasted his low shot into the keeper’s far corner. 1-4 Game now definitely over!
Despite a low key second half in which Whaley, maybe having heard on the tele-printer that Cheadle had lost, took their foot of the pedal but most important got back to winning ways with a controlling first half display and some good football.
J Tattersall; J Gregory; R Newton (c); J Armstrong; J Broome; B Sutton; A Barlow(1); T Streets (1); S Leadbetter; L Morris (1); T Scorer
J Burgess (1); (45) J Kelly (60); W Bailey (75)