Whaley Bridge miss out on DSC meeting with holders Ilkeston

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Whaley Bridge exited the Derbyshire Cup at the third round stage having been narrowly edged out by Holbrook Sports 2-1.

After a number of postponements due to the adverse weather in December, the hosts’ pitch was finally deemed playable.

As anticipated, the home side began quickly as Whaley, lacking in match action over the festive period, tried to get to grips with their opponents’ expansive attacking style.

Despite James Tettersall pulling off save after save, the deadlock was finally broken when the hosts’ Louis Ratcliffe’s scuffed shot found the net.

John Brogden’s men began the second half well but found themselves further behind when Stephen Akers finished cleverly inside the box.

Whaley’s response was good and they soon halved the arrears when Joe Burgess calmly rounded the ‘keeper before slotting home.

Despite valiantly trying to get back into the tie, Holbrook held out to ensure a quarter-final meeting with holders Ilkeston.

Whaley host Billinge at Horwich Park on Saturday in the league.