Whaley Bridge complete double in debut season in Cheshire League

Whaley Bridge FC: Back row, D Hall (manager), P Walker, J Tattersall, R Newton, S Dignan (c), M Ryan, B Sutton, C Wood, J Brogden (manager). Front row: A Hunter, C Fluery, L Morris, D Christie, G Langford, J Gregory, R Forder, R Dwolitka, C Watts. Photo contributed.
Whaley Bridge FC: Back row, D Hall (manager), P Walker, J Tattersall, R Newton, S Dignan (c), M Ryan, B Sutton, C Wood, J Brogden (manager). Front row: A Hunter, C Fluery, L Morris, D Christie, G Langford, J Gregory, R Forder, R Dwolitka, C Watts. Photo contributed.
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Whaley Bridge FC 0, Crewe 0

WHALEY Bridge have completed a league and cup double on their debut season in the Cheshire Football League.

Saturday’s goalless draw against second-placed Crewe saw Whaley add the Division Two title to the league cup won earlier in the season.

A minute’s silence was held prior to kick-off for local sportsman and journalist Norman Taylor.

The game was one of few goalscoring opportunities, with Crewe themselves looking to seal the second promotion place.

The first chance didn’t come until well into the second half, when Mike Blundell’s header landed on the crossbar which Dignan was able to clear. At the other end, young Dan Christie had two half chances well saved by the in-form Wes Newton, and a header rebounded off the bar to safety.

High balls into Whaley’s box put pressure on Tattersall, who stood strong. Crewe won a corner late on but Sutton and Tattersall combined to keep it out. Other than that, a Bill Sutton free-kick was finger-tipped over the crossbar by Newton.

Anthony Hunter had his best game for Whaley, Paul Walker and Geo Langford were assured under pressure and Dignan orchestrated everything defensively, resulting in him receiving the away team’s man of the match.

Rob Newton played through injury, Ricky Forder, Bill Sutton and Charlie Watts worked hard throughout. Lee Morris and Dan Christie didn’t let Crewe’s back-four settle. Craig Fluery helped calm things down for Whaley, before Raymond Dwolitka went on to try and win it late on, and Chris Wood shored things up down the left-hand side.

Whaley: J Tattersall, G Langford, A Hunter, S Dignan (c), P Walker, B Sutton, R Newton, R Forder, C Watts, L Morris, D Christie. Substitutes: M Brown, R Dwolitka, C Wood, C Fluery. Whaley’s man of the match: James Tattersall.