Cup holders Whaley Bridge make it 15 wins in a row

Action from the Derbyshire Divisional Cup match between Whaley Bridge FC (all blue) and Gamesley Reserves (green and white hoops).

Action from the Derbyshire Divisional Cup match between Whaley Bridge FC (all blue) and Gamesley Reserves (green and white hoops).

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Derbyshire Divisional Cup

Whaley Bridge 6, Gamesley Reserves 2

WHALEY Bridge began their third consecutive defence of the Derbyshire Divisional Cup with a resounding win over Gamesley Reserves in a very entertaining match.

Whaley had the perfect start when Bill Sutton smashed in a ball from the right after only five minutes.

Action from the Derbyshire Divisional Cup match between Whaley Bridge FC (all blue) and Gamesley Reserves (green and white hoops).

Action from the Derbyshire Divisional Cup match between Whaley Bridge FC (all blue) and Gamesley Reserves (green and white hoops).

The hosts had good chances to increase their lead but Gamesley held on and scored a deserved equaliser on 35 minutes.

Whaley responded immediately when Mike Ward scrambled the ball over the goalline following a Rick Forder cross.

On 40 minutes, Matt Brown’s trusty left foot made it 3-1 with a free-kick from the edge of the area.

Whaley were rampant and, just before half-time, Sutton hooked in a Brown cross.

There was still time for Jack Gregory to carry the ball from the half-way line and stroll through the Gamesley defence before rounding the keeper, making it 5-1 at the break.

Gamesley came out fighting after the break and Charlie Watts was red-carded for handling the ball on the goal-line. The resulting penalty was converted and Gamesley thought a comeback was possible.

Despite several scares, Whaley’s ten men still looked dangerous and Mick Ryan scored a superb goal when he met a Sutton cross on the half-volley and crashed the ball home.

This was Whaley’s 15th consecutive win in this competition and, for his performance in midfield, Forder was Whaley’s man of the match.

Whaley: J Tattersall, R Newton, S Dignan, C Wood, C Watts, G Langford, R Forder, J Gregory, M Brown, W Sutton, M Ward. Subs used: M Ryan, P Walker, C Fluery.