Gritty display puts Whaley in sight of title

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Chesire League Division Two: Crewe 1, Whaley Bridge 2

Whaley took a big step towards winning the Cheshire League Division Two by beating leaders Crewe in a hard-fought match.

Whaley threatened to score with their first attack and were only denied by a superb double save by the Crewe keeper. Bill Sutton took the resulting corner and Rob Newton crashed the ball home at the back post with only four minutes gone.

Whaley should have gone further ahead as Crewe struggled to defend against dead ball kicks and the pace of Lee Morris.

On the half-hour mark, Crewe’s keeper ran the length of the pitch to take a free-kick just outside Whaley’s penalty area. The ball took a wicked deflection and Crewe were level.

Charlie Watts had a great chance to put Whaley in front just before half-time but, having robbed the centre-back brilliantly, he scuffed his shot straight to the keeper.

For all their possession after the break, Crewe failed to create any clear-cut chances.

Whaley began to dominate and looked for a winner with Dan Christie having the best chance. Their persistence was rewarded on 86 minutes when a Crewe defender was put under pressure by a Scott Dignan free-kick and headed into his own net.

This was Whaley’s seventh league win in a row and a gritty performance against top opposition. It was impossible to single out a “man of the match” from Whaley’s magnificent back four. Whaley next travel to Daten on Saturday.

Whaley: J Tattersall, G Langford, M Ryan, S Dignan, P Walker, W Sutton, R Newton, R Forder, C Watts, J Gregory, L Morris. Subs Used: D Christie, A Hunter, R Dwolitka.