Waddington claim derby bragging rights

A Grindleton free kick is saved by Danny Anderson                                 Picture: Keith Driver
A Grindleton free kick is saved by Danny Anderson Picture: Keith Driver
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A much-depleted Waddington side came away with all three points with a 3-1 win in this fiercely-contested local derby against Grindleton.

Played in good conditions, the away side started brightly, with captain Gary Brunskill completely dominating the Grindleton back four in the air.

Brunskill rattled the crossbar and forced the home keeper into an outstanding save before opening the scoring after a fine passing move involving James Taylor, Anton Gawthorpe and Phil Darnell.

Grindleton were under immense pressure as the away side looked to build on their lead.

Waddington had two very good penalty appeals rejected before young Connor Jackson’s fine cross resulted in the beleaguered Grindleton defender heading an own goal.

The second half became a disjointed affair as the home side looked to force their way back into the contest through some extremely physical challenges.

Waddington’s third followed Taylor’s long throw being headed on by Brunskill for Darnell to bundle home.

Grindleton’s discipline crumbled even further as first their captain received a red card after an accumulation of fouls to be shortly followed by centre forward Stephen Bates after striking out at Martin Kemp.

Waddington’s injury worries continued to mount after the impressive Oli Nuttal limped off following yet another wild tackle.

The home side scored a consolation goal when Hamer was given too much room and his fine strike flew into the net.

A boost for Waddington was Danny Turner, playing his first game for 15 months, coming on in the latter stages and putting in a solid performance.