Eagley pulled off another shock result beating high flying Blackpool Wrens 3-2 in a highly entertaining game of football.
Whaley made a couple of changes to the starting 11 with young Finlay Coward back in at left back, and bringing in his ex team mate, and ex Eagle Danny Swailes into the centre of defence to ‘steady the ship’. Eagley had the best of possession in the opening half hour with three corners and each one nearly resulting in a goal, but they just couldn’t make them count.
Then after some good Blackpool pressure the ball fell on the edge of the box where a sweet strike from the Wrens forward went straight into the corner of the net, giving Tom Macdonald no chance. Blackpool 1 nil. That’s how it stayed until the break, and a bit unfairly after a good Eagley half.
Eagley again came out fighting and came close again, but a cross came into the box and found the head of an unmarked blackpool player who made no mistake for 2 nil. But with the never say die attitude of the recent team, the onrushing Eagle Jack Berry was brought down in the box by the keeper. The referee deemed it a yellow card only for the keeper so he was able to remain on the pitch for the forthcoming penalty. Whaley stepped up and made no mistake for 2.1 Eagley had the momentum and fire in their bellies when a through ball found the feet Ashley Watson who slotted it past the keeper for 2.2 and game on! Just when everyone thought Eagley had done enough for a deserved draw the chance fell again to the feet of Watson and with only minutes to play he smashed it in for 3.2. We then managed to hang on to the lead and unbelievably had beaten another top team on home turf, giving us a fighting chance of hopefully remaining a Premier league team.
We caught up with Whaley the Eagles boss after the game who said ‘ The lads yet again have proved themselves against a top two side at home. They have now set the bar and we have to build on this and push on into the next two home games concentrating on our own performance and not those around us. Yesterday showed, especially in the second half what the lads are capable of and how we played as a team.