Whaley Bridge looking for first outing in three weeks

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Whaley Bridge hope to beat the weather and finally see some football again this weekend.

Bridge are scheduled to host Eagle Sports on Saturday, after three weeks without a game.

The hosts last played on January 17, when a Dan Christie double helped Bridge on their way to a 3-0 home victory over Billinge.

However, Whaley are likely to be without their leading scorer Christie when Eagle make the trip to Horwich Park.

Jon Brogden otherwise has a full compliment to pick from and will be hoping his side can hit the ground running after a faltering start to the new year.

Whaley find themselves seventh in the league and have struggled for inconsistency so far this campaign but, after solid performances in their last two games - one being a close fought encounter with Holbrook Sports in the Derbyshire Cup - they will be hoping to propel themselves further up the table over the coming weeks.

Saturday’s opponents Eagle come into the game on the back of six straight wins in all competitions and currently sit third in the table with three games in hand over unbeaten leaders, Cheadle.

In the corresponding fixture in August the two sides played out an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Bill Sutton gave The visitors the lead in a game dominated by the hosts who came up against a resolute resistance in the form of Whaley’s back four.

Chris Quirk grabbed a late equaliser for Eagle when it had looked like Whaley would take all three points back to Derbyshire.

Eagle’s leading marksman Lee Boardman (16) and strike partners Quirk (11) and Ged McAlister will ensure Whaley have their hands full again on Saturday afternoon.

The game will kick off at 2pm at Horwich Park pending a pitch inspection.