Whaley rearguard thwarts Dronfield

Premier Division

Whaley Bridge 4, Dronfield Woodhouse 0

Whaley Bridge moved a step closer to the Premier Division title with a resounding win over Dronfield Woodhouse.

Dronfield set out their stall to defend and Whaley attacked from the off.

After 15 minutes, Whaley took the lead when the Dronfield keeper could only parry Ray Dwolitka’s fierce shot and Dan Christie was well-placed to guide the ball into the net.

Christie made it 2-0 when he spun on the penalty spot and crashed the ball home.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first. From a Matt Brown corner, Dan Whelan rose unopposed to head the ball into the goal.

In the best move of the match, a passing interchange between Mike Ward and Dwolitka set up Bill Sutton, who swept the ball home from the edge of the area.

For their 12th clean sheet in the league, and having conceded a miserly nine goals in 19 league games, Whaley’s defenders were the ‘men of the match’.

It was a proud day for all concerned with Whaley Bridge Athletic Football Club as it became the 500th FA Charter Standard Community Club.

But the momentous day was also tinged with sadness as a minute’s silence was held to mark the passing of 99-year-old Arthur Jackson, who had been involved with the club all his life.