Whaley Bridge round off Cheshire League season with away victory

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Whaley Bridge rounded off their Cheshire League campaign with a fifth successive victory on Saturday, beating Rudheath Sports 3-1.

A George Burgess hat-trick helped Whaley come from behind to earn all three points.

Having already secured a fifth place finish, Whaley were determined to finish their season on a high and maintain their impressive run which sees them top the league’s form charts for the last 14 games.

Hopes of a fifth straight win were put into serious doubt when Ryan Jackson opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour; slotting the ball home after being afforded space to pick his spot.

That goal was the first that Jon Brogden’s team had conceded since the 6th of April.

Whaley were soon back in the game; a pinpoint Matt Brown cross finding George Burgess who buried his header past the goalkeeper to restore parity.

Burgess struck again before the break, lobbing the ball over the on-rushing ‘keeper with his right foot after James Tattersall’s accurate long pass found the striker in space on the edge of the box.

The second half lacked the tempo of the first as both sides acquiesced to the effects of a long and gruelling season.

However there was still time for Burgess to complete his hat-trick.

A deftly chipped pass from substitute Peter Wigg found Burgess, whose impudent nutmeg brought him face to face with the goalkeeper, whom he beat with his left foot to complete his treble and the scoring.

The team would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Jon and Matt for this season and their overall service to the club as they prepare to pass over the baton to Ian Coll and his team.

Team: Tattersall, Brown, Newton, Moss, Whelan, W Bailey, Sutton, Broome, J Bailey (Dailey), J Burgess (Wigg), G Burgess

Man of the Match: George Burgess