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Spurley Swamped
Written by Mike Madden   
Sunday, 23 October 2016 16:51

Whaley Bridge Under 18s continued to impress with an emphatic victory at Spurley Hey.

The early exchanges were even, but a mistake in the Spurley defence saw debutant Elliot Brownsword outjump the keeper to head home. Moments later a foul in the box gave Whaley a penalty, and the prolific Jack Howell stepped up. His shot was well saved, but Ethan Williams followed up to make it 2. Whaley were cruising, and when Howell got his inevitable goal, it seemed that the game was already over. However, the home side had other ideas, pulling a goal back after a fine cross, and then scoring direct from a looping free kick. Howell missed chances to the left and right of the goal, and it seemed that Will McIlveen had a tap in but he shot wide. The 3-2 lead at the break was far less comfortable than it should have been, but Whaley came out firing in the second half. Howell was a constant menace, and he got his second and third goals in quick succession. McIlveen glided through the opposition defence, waited for the keeper to commit and then slotted home for 6-2. Brownsword and Hamaad Chaudhry both had reasonable long range shots, but it was man of the match Alfie Hodges who grabbed the seventh, converting a Williams corner. Howell had more chances, but finished the game with an assist as he provided an easy finish for Nathan Wild. 8-2 was a convincing scoreline, with special praise for Rhys Bowen who was tremendously influential alongside Hodges in the middle, and for Williams who is in danger of having his goal taken away by Howell who claims it was his last touch!

 

 
 
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