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WBAFC 3-0 Malpas
Written by Tardelli   
Monday, 05 November 2018 21:38


Sam Leadbetter gave the home side a well-deserved if belated lead on the stroke of half time after what was probably their best 45 minutes of sustained football so far this season.

16 minutes in and Jacob O’Donnell cut inside to crash a 20 yard left foot shot against the bar, a minute later Tattersall brought off a tremendous fingertip save to push a cross shot over. Up until that point the game had been a fairly open affair but Whaley’s central midfield pair of Gregory and Gilbride gradually took control to dictate the play with some controlled possession culminating in some smooth play linking a sound footballing back four and a speedy ‘flair’ forward line. O’Donnell again shot just over on 22 minutes and then Leadbetter fired a snapshot straight at the keeper, that followed by a penalty area scramble that saw Gilbride's shot saved on the line. Leadbetter then broke free down the left on 36 to shoot just wide of the keeper and his far post; the opening goal soon after that was a carbon copy but with a different outcome - half time 1-0.

7 minutes into the second half and some good work down the left saw Ray Dwolitka head back across goal for the keeper to save well low to his right. That was the end of the Whaley action for a while as for 15 minutes as to their credit Malpas took control and managed to press the home side back but without creating any real problems for a competent Whaley defence. Dillon Roberts replaced O’Donnel to make his first team debut on 66 minutes and was immediately involved shooting low to the keepers left.

Ultimately Gilbride made the game safe curling a 22 yard ‘trade-mark’ free kick hard and low past Malpas’ keeper into the bottom left corner. Whaley finished the game with 10 men having used both subs before an injured Dwolitka left the field. However, Sutton finished off the scoring on 77 minutes when he rose above the crowd at the far post to head down and make it 3-0…... Game over.

Malpas played their part in this entertaining game played throughout in good spirit. Difficult to pick out a Whaley man of the match in which for the most part everyone played well but good to see young Toseland improving all the time and Langford, now looking fit and full of football, back after a season-long injury lay off. On the downside Gilbride was booked ‘again’ (against instructions) and may miss out on next week’s local cup derby against Dove Holes.

Tattersall; Langford; Toseland; Sutton; Gemmell; Leadbetter; Gilbride; Gregory; Drayson; Dwolitkaa; O’Donnell

Bailey (70); Roberts (66)

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