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Altrincham Re 1-0 WBAFC
Written by Boninsegna   
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 17:22


Barring a disaster Knutsford are pretty much now in an unassailable position and with 8 games to cover in only 24 days after a very much weather disrupted season Whaley’s management has decided now is the ideal opportunity to give their development squad youngsters some experience in senior football….. and where better than under floodlights at one of the region’s best known none league clubs.

The team in last quarter of the game, incidentally a quarter in which Whaley dominated, comprised no less than 7 players aged between 16 and 21; probably the youngest 1st team ever to wear the Whaley shirt. Without the physical presence of Captain Rob Newton, Adam Barlow, the Broome, George Burgess and Jack Gregory the visitors were never going to muscle their way through the game but nevertheless these youngsters along with some ‘not so old’ heads like Bill Sutton and Jamie Kay dominated much of the game with playing some good attractive controlled football.

However the experience at a renowned Club like Altrincham wasn’t exactly what these lads or the Club had hoped for. They say a team reflects its management and that was surely demonstrated to some affect when right from the start every tackle and decision, no matter how ridiculous, was vociferously and loudly contested from both on and off the pitch culminating in a string of yellow cards. At one point during the second half the home management decided to have a go at their opposite numbers who up until that point hadn’t uttered a single controversial word. All in all a bit disappointing. Whaley Chair Steve Rampley commented ‘Whaley teams and management always conduct themselves with dignity and respect and we don’t expect anything less form the opposition’

Anyway let’s not forget the football. Young Alfie Hodges started his first game at centre back alongside the classy Streets and 16 year old Jacob O’Donnel his second up-front; wide players J Burgess and Sam Leadbetter both created problems down the flanks with Dan Gilbride and Bill Sutton providing the ammunition from centre midfield. Whaley pretty much outplayed the opposition from back to front and dominated the first half but again inexplicably failed to capitalise on 3 or 4 good opportunities that this time fell to Morris, Leadbetter and Burgess.

The home side started more aggressively in the second half and from a set piece managed to scramble the ball over the line. Heads seem to drop for a while and the home side took the initiative in the third quarter in which Whaley’s Tattersall made 2 point blank saves to push the ball around the post. Youngsters Connel, Wigg and Gemmel came on to liven things up and slotted in smoothly keeping possession and helping the visitors regain the initiative; Connel almost immediately darting down the right flank to deliver a telling cross into the six yard box that almost resulted in the equiliser after a bit of a goal mouth scramble. What could have been the turning point never actually materialised when 2 sublime 25 yard defence splitting diagonal through balls from young Dan Gilbride first put O’Donnel and then Leadbetter clean through only for both to be pulled up absolutely incorrectly for offside on both occasions! It’s when the ball is kicked not when it’s received gov!

A disappointing result but looking at the bigger picture from a footballing perspective there was a lot to applaud; Hodges and O’Donnel never looked out of place amongst more established players and certainly Darryl and Jon look to be working well with Martin Longden and his development squad to keep things moving forward.

MOM Dan Gilbride

Tattersall; Bailey; Hodges; Streets; Kay; J Burgess; Sutton; Gilbride; Leadbetter; O’Donnel; Morris

D Connel; Broome; Wigg; Gemmell

Latest games in a very congested run-in
Written by Boninsegna   
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 07:58


Congleton 2-1 Whaley Bridge

Whaley lose out in 93rd minute to a Carl McCurrie late winner on a very difficult bobbly surface.

This midweek fixture was well contested throughout; Whaley going up the slope in the first half defended well allowing Congleton only the occasional long-range effort until a cross found Aaron Cook who hit a low volley that ultimately managed to creep under Tattersall.

All in all a single goal deficit at half time and with the slope now in Whaley’s favour wasn’t thought to be unmanageable, however Whaley’s current inexplicable lack of assertiveness in the final third continues to manifest in multiple squandered opportunities.

Ultimately it was yet another spectacular left foot free kick from young Dan Gilbride, never afraid to have a go anywhere up to 40 yards from goal, which levelled the scores. With the visitors now looking for the winner Congleton broke and following several missed opportunities to clear the ball Read fashioned a cross that Tattersall couldn’t hold on to only to find Carl McCurrie again in the right place to nod in from two yards.

Mom B Sutton



Whaley bridge 1-0 Congleton

Only three days later Whaley entertained Congleton at home and again on a difficult bobbly pitch, typical at this time of year, that spoiled a game in which both teams contested the majority of the match in the middle third. With fixtures coming thick and fast Lee Morris made his first appearance of the season and in spells looked like the old Lee Morris with darting runs in behind Congleton’s defence. However that man Dan Gilbride was at it again to score the only goal to earn the home side a valuable 3 points to maintain second place in the league.

Of note, in both games the ever consistent Bill Sutton & Congleton’s Ryan Read were each awarded man of the match by the opposing managers In both fixtures.

Mom B Sutton again.



Whaley 0-4 Eagle Sports

Anybody looking at that score line would think Whaley had been battered but how Whaley didn’t have the game wrapped up by half time is a complete mystery to all.

Whaley gave 16 year old Jacob O’Donnell his first full Cheshire Premier league debut and he along with ‘all’ his team mates impressed as Whaley completely dominated the early stages by outplaying the visitors and creating a plethora of chances the best of which fell to George and Joe Burgess who both unfortunately missed great opportunities from close range headers. Sutton too had a header saved at the back post and Streets starting in midfield today had a volley go just wide and a shot saved by Callon.

The lack of confidence in front of goal this season is plain to see, the only consolation being that Whaley continue to create chances each and every week against all-comers. There was lots of good play from the home side in this first half, probably the best we’ve seen for a while, with G Burgess and O’Donnell linking up well.; Barlow & Streets driving on from midfield leaving little for Newton & Sutton to do at the back.

How Whaley weren’t three nil up by half time nobody knows but then what seems to be the inevitable happened when one team is so dominant but fails to score, the opposition break out and snatch a goal. A poor off-side decision by the linesman, everyone including neutrals said Purcell was off side, afforded Eagle a cross which was slotted in on the 45th minute……. one chance one goal; that’s football!

Whaley can have no complaints about the second half, the fact is that they were behind after a very good first half and then struggled to maintain any sort of momentum. Eagle looked very dangerous on the break with Purcell, Burthem & Shaw now playing with no fear and running at Whaley’s back four.

Man of the match Purcell received the ball down the left and he beat his marker to shoot decisively past Tattersall. The enthusiasm shown by Eagle forwards to run at Whaley earned them a third when along ball bounced inexplicable high to sail over Newton’s head, with no Streets to mop-up Eagle’s forward ran on and shot first time for number three. Tattersall managed to parry a long range effort but just to add insult to injury an Eagle forward was on hand in the right place at the right time to make it four.

Whaley tried to move things around but no avail and ultimately the despondence carried over from the first half was clear to see and unusually for Whaley they allowed it to affect their spirit.

Well done Eagle. MOM Adam Barlow

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Rylands 0-2 Whaley Bridge AFC

Whaley Bridge equalled the record set by three previous clubs - Barnton in the 90’s, Linotype 80’s & Stockton Heath 50’s by winning three consecutive finals.

Wythenshawe Town 3-2 WBAFC
Written by Stepney   
Friday, 13 April 2018 08:57


With several injuries in the squad and the cup final only a couple of days later Darryl was happy to give long-term injured James Gemmill his first full 90 minutes of the season which also allowed Jamie Kay a few more days to recover for the final; George Burgess & Jack Kelly were rested on the bench to provide more fit options for Wednesday’s final.

Whaley got off to a good start, the 4-4-2 formation headed up top by Leadbetter and J Burgess who as usual applied plenty of energy and were prepared to run in behind. A through ball supplied by Barlow found Leadbetter who turned quickly in the box and was brought down; Sutton stepped up and Wythenshawe’s Keeper Daniels not only guessed right but got good hands to turn the ball around the post. Subsequently Newton and Sutton both saw their headers going just over the bar but with Whaley still edging it they lost possession, Wythenshawe countered well and Leather picked the ball up and from 30 yards hit a great strike into Tattersall’s top right corner of the goal.

Second half and Whaley came out with more purpose and took the game to Wythenshawe creating several chances until another foul on Leadbetter resulted in a second penalty; this time Sutton made no mistake and smashed the ball high into the opposite top corner. More chances came as Burgess & Leadbetter had virtual tap-ins from 2 yards but unfortunately failed to score. G Burgess’ introduction had an immediate impact, heading in from the back post to put the visitors 1-2 up.

Whaley didn’t hold back and went looking for more, Gemmill hit the post from close range and Sutton headed wide. With only 15 minutes remaining Whaley took the opportunity to rest Leadbetter and Gilbride who will no doubt play an important part of Wednesdays final; bringing on Kelly and giving 15 minutes to young J O’Donnell who’s just turned 16.

Whaley were gulty of losing concentration and really should have seen the game out but gave away possession in the middle third, two passes later Leather hits his shot in to the bottom left giving Tattersall no chance. Heads were down but the visitors still tried to get the winner but lost possession from a throw in deep in the Wythenshawe half, the home side broke and completed the win 3-2 with nothing really left on the clock.

No complaints, Whaley made mistakes by giving away possession too easily and by missing several good chances. Two great strikes from Leather made the difference but on the bright side a good first performance of the season for Gemmill after a long term injury and let’s hope resting tired legs works out well for the cup final!

J Tattersall; W Bailey; J Gemmell; R Newton; T Streets; J Gregory; B Sutton(1) A Barlow; D Gilbride; S Leadbetter; J Burgess

G Burgess(1) J Kelly J O’Donnell

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