Whaley Bridge skipper confident his side is on the up

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Whaley Bridge built upon their midweek Derbyshire Cup success with a return to winning ways in the league, thanks to a comfortable success at home to Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds.

Skipper Rob Newton scored a first-half brace before Joe Burgess added a third to earn the hosts all three points.

Whaley put pressure on the visitors in all areas of the pitch early on and drove forward with purpose.

It wasn’t long before their good start was rewarded; GPSO failed to clear from a corner and eventually Newton lashed the ball into the roof of the net from a couple of yards out.

The visitors looked to respond but were denied when Whelan slid to intervene after a break down the left flank and the ball was eventually hacked clear.

A moment of brilliance from captain Newton then saw Whaley double their advantage before the break.

A marauding surge from the back saw the skipper ghost past three men before poking the ball home after a give-and-go with Ray Dwolitka.

Despite boasting a two-goal advantage, the hosts went into the break feeling aggrieved after being denied a penalty when George Burgess’ shot appeared to strike the hand of a visiting defender.

The score remained the same until the 75th minute when the unmarked Burgess headed in from a corner.

Whaley’s hopes of keeping a clean sheet were dashed late on when a teasing cross from the right was tapped in at the far-post after James Tattersall slipped as he came to claim the ball.

Newton said afterwards: “We’re all happy with two good wins in a week.

“It now looks like things are starting to click in to place.”

Whaley travel to Styal on Saturday.