Derbyshire Divisional Cup
Whaley Bridge 6, Gamesley Reserves 2
WHALEY Bridge began their third consecutive defence of the Derbyshire Divisional Cup with a resounding win over Gamesley Reserves in a very entertaining match.
Whaley had the perfect start when Bill Sutton smashed in a ball from the right after only five minutes.
The hosts had good chances to increase their lead but Gamesley held on and scored a deserved equaliser on 35 minutes.
Whaley responded immediately when Mike Ward scrambled the ball over the goalline following a Rick Forder cross.
On 40 minutes, Matt Brown’s trusty left foot made it 3-1 with a free-kick from the edge of the area.
Whaley were rampant and, just before half-time, Sutton hooked in a Brown cross.
There was still time for Jack Gregory to carry the ball from the half-way line and stroll through the Gamesley defence before rounding the keeper, making it 5-1 at the break.
Gamesley came out fighting after the break and Charlie Watts was red-carded for handling the ball on the goal-line. The resulting penalty was converted and Gamesley thought a comeback was possible.
Despite several scares, Whaley’s ten men still looked dangerous and Mick Ryan scored a superb goal when he met a Sutton cross on the half-volley and crashed the ball home.
This was Whaley’s 15th consecutive win in this competition and, for his performance in midfield, Forder was Whaley’s man of the match.
Whaley: J Tattersall, R Newton, S Dignan, C Wood, C Watts, G Langford, R Forder, J Gregory, M Brown, W Sutton, M Ward. Subs used: M Ryan, P Walker, C Fluery.