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Denton 2 - 6 WBAFC
Written by Tostau   
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 20:28


Hatricks from Sam Leadbetter and Aaron Dwyer earn Whaley all 3 points.

16 Year old Owen Peatfield made his first team debut at left back and acquitted himself well in place of regular left back Gemmell. Tattersall too was unavailable and so Josh Arnfield got the rare opportunity to make his 1st team debut in goal.

Whaley were soon out of the blocks, the robust Bailey providing several balls forward into the channels for Leadbetter and Dwyer to link well and create chances; Dwyer first tried lobbing the advancing keeper but Martyn White saved well, subsequently Leadbetter shot just wide. Gilbride provided a good diagonal ball to Dwyer who went on to beat two defenders and then swing in a high cross that Leadbetter, leaping high above all the defenders, headed home from 8 yards. White only managed to parry a corner and Dwyer was on hand and the first to react as he smashed in from 10 yards; he then produced another stunning solo effort as he rounded three players’ before curling a low shot past Denton keeper White. Dunn crossing from the left for Dwyer to control then edge past his marker to fire home from 15 yards to complete his first half hatrick….. 4 0.

Although Denton were shocked by Whaley’s intense pressing game they did continue to play attractive football and the forward line linked well creating problems for the visitor’s defence. Whaley however still do continue to give away poor needless free kicks and got punished, rightfully so, when from a resulting free kick Denton won a corner that wasn’t cleared and fell to sub Baro to score from 12 yards…. 1 -4. Josh Arnfield then produced a magnificent ‘Banks’ style save as he parried a header upwards and over the bar.

The second half was much the same as the first with Whaley’s forwards effectively creating havoc, picking and choosing when to attack at will so it was no surprise when Leadbetter, played in by Dwyer, cut in from the left to shoot low past White. Dwyer and Dwolitka, returning from injury, both went close and Gilbride should have hit the target after receiving a cracking square ball from Dwyer. Leadbetter completed his hatrick after out-pacing his marker to latch on to a ball from Bailey before rounding the hapless White. Whaley conceded a late goal, again carelessly losing possession in their own half and just two passes later an Osakwis shot from the edge of the box crept in at the far post to finish the scoring…. 2 – 6.

So this was a tough day for Denton but they have in Lee Bennett a top well respected manger and some good individual players who if they can pull together are more than capable of climbing the table.

Arnfield; Bailey; Sutton (c); Toseland; Peatfield; Dunn; Gilbride; Drayson; Broome; Dwyer (3); Leadbetter (3)

Dwolitka (60); Connell (60); Langford

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