Whaley are made to work hard for win by nine-man Malpas

Whaley Bridge v Malpass (red)
Whaley Bridge v Malpass (red)

Cheshire League Division Two

Whaley Bridge 3, Malpas 1

WHALEY entertained Malpas for the first time and made hard work of a game they should have won comfortably.

It took Whaley 17 minutes to take the lead when Lee Morris slid home Ray Dwolitka’s perfect back-post cross.

Whaley dominated possession and created several chances but lacked the finishing touch.

The rare Malpas attacks were easily dealt with by the impressive back-four of Scott Dignan, Chris Wood, Geo Langford and Paul Walker.

Whaley’s midfield showed plenty of promise with Rob Newton and Bill Sutton particularly effective.

Dwolitka turned provider for Morris as Whaley doubled their lead three minutes after the restart.

Malpas were reduced to ten men on 65 minutes and, against the run of play, were awarded a penalty.

James Tattersall saved brilliantly and the rebound was blasted onto the crossbar.

Whaley pressed for a third goal and Malpas were down to nine men after a straight red following a foul on Sutton.

Incredibly, Malpas scored next, this time with a converted penalty on 90 minutes.

But substitute Dan Christie finally eased Whaley’s jitters with a well-taken goal deep into added time.

Dignan was outstanding for Whaley but man of the match was Walker for a superb display at left back.

Whaley continue with league action next week when they entertain Daten.

Whaley: J Tattersall, G Langford, C Wood, S Dignan (c), P Walker, W Sutton, R Newton, R Forder, J Gregory, R Dwolitka, L Morris. Subs used: D Christie, C Fleury, C Watts.