Cheshire League Division Two: Whitchurch Alport 1, Whaley Bridge 4
WHALEY Bridge gained revenge for a home defeat with this impressive win at Whitchurch.
Whaley’s plan to play three at the back, with an energetic, five-man midfield, worked perfectly and they held the upper hand from the start.
Seven minutes into the game, Whaley took the lead when Matt Brown rounded the right back and rolled the ball to Ray Dwolitka who hooked his shot into the roof of the net.
After 15 minutes, James Tattersall in the Whaley goal made an outstanding save to his left, following a rare Whitchurch attack.
Geo Langford and Rick Forder worked tirelessly in midfield for Whaley and denied Whitchurch good possession.
On 25 minutes, Brown again provided the cross and, this time, the unmarked Bill Sutton headed home to make it 2-0.
Whitchurch looked dangerous from set-pieces after the break and threatened to score from a succession of corners.
Whaley survived this scare and made the game safe when substitute Mike Ward raced through and fired home over the keeper on 76 minutes.
Three minutes later, Dwolitka grabbed his second as he beat the offside trap but needed two attempts to force the ball past the Whitchurch keeper.
In the dying minutes, Whitchurch scored a consolation goal.
Paul Walker and Rob Newton were outstanding for Whaley, but Scott Dignan’s experience shone through and he was named man of the match.
Whaley: J Tattersall, R Newton, S Dignan, P Walker, C Watts, G Langford, R Forder, M Brown, W Sutton, M Ryan, R Dwolitka. Subs used: M Ward, P Kelsall.