Whaley Bridge edged out in five-goal thriller

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Whaley were denied a point on their travels after a stunning late winner from Gamesley’s Micky Dewhurst secured a 3-2 win for the hosts.

An entertaining fixture between two evenly-matched sides was decided in the final minute when the striker chipped the ball brilliantly over Whaley’s stand-in goalkeeper James Gemmell.

Gemmell, deputising for the suspended James Tattersall, had denied the hosts with good saves on three separate occasions but was helpless to prevent the winner which saw the visitors fall to their fourth defeat in their last seven league outings.

On a sodden playing surface Gemmell was called into action early on, turning a shot around the post.

The hosts broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when Dewhurst followed up his blocked free-kick to lash the ball in on the second attempt.

Gemmell then denied Gamesley’s Andy Heath from close range to prevent the hosts from doubling their advantage.

Whaley responded with Bill Sutton curling the ball in from the corner of the box to restore parity at the break.

Gamesley re-took the lead after half-time, Dewhurst crossing for his teammate who glanced in unmarked, giving Gemmell no chance.

The visitors showed good character to level scores up for a second time, when Dwolitka pressured Heath into surrendering possession before rounding the ‘keeper and putting the ball into the empty net.

Gemmell again pulled off an important save but as the game drew to a close, an accurate through ball split the Whaley defence open.

Despite the attentions of Dan Whelan, Dewhurst lofted the ball delicately over Gemmell to steal the points for the home side and condemn Whaley to another loss.