Ten-man Ingrow get a lift

Two goals: Chris Wheater

Two goals: Chris Wheater

Ingrow & Worth Valley 4
Pendle Renegades 1

Ten-man Ingrow moved out of the Craven League Division One’s bottom two places with a well-deserved win over Pendle at their home for the day at Holy Family, with Oakbank closed for the Christmas holidays.
The ground was wet and started to cut up from the off. The first few minutes were scrappy as the teams struggled to cope with the lack of space.
After six minutes, frustration started to boil over when Jack Bilney was hacked down from behind but referee Peter Allen allowed play to go on.
Four minutes later Bilney took matters into his own hands and flew into a tackle with the Pendle player who had fouled him.
Bilney’s tackle was over the ball and reckless, leaving Allen with no choice but to send off the Ingrow player.
Ingrow had to re group and the next 10 minutes were end to end, neither side making a clear cut chance.
Around the half-hour mark Ingrow broke the deadlock. Wayne Mahomet’s long kick down field bounced of the Pendle centre back, leaving Chris Wheater to skip clear, volleying into the left corner of the net.
The goal lifted the Steampigs and they started to have the lion’s share of the game, pushing forward with waves of attack.
Wheater and Danny Driver both went close on a couple of occasions but Ingrow didn’t have it totally their own way, Mahomet saving superbly from one chance.
As the half drew to a close it was Wheater who doubled his tally, finishing from close range, despite the keeper’s best efforts after a flowing move by the hosts.
The second half started with Ingrow in control. Bellemy and Barlow were on top in the midfield battle and the back three of Jordan Marsh, Damien Smith and captain Jonny Walshaw  continuously caught Pendle offside.
Anything that passed them, was eaten up by the superb Mahomet behind.
Ingrow continued to make and waste chances and with 15 minutes to go Driver was replaced with the not yet fully fit Ryan Stubbs as the Steampigs looked to put the game to bed.
With Craig Wheater pulling the strings, Ingrow continued to press forward. A neat move sent Stubbs scampering down the left and his cross found Bellamy’s meaty header to make it 3-0.
Both Wheaters combined again and when Chris rounded the keeper and struck for home it was Stubbs who didn’t wait to see if the shot would go in, sliding in to make it 4-0.
Pendle scored with the last kick, a debatable offside letting the Lancashire side in for a goal, which frustrated Walshaw, who was angered at the loss of  the clean sheet.
Ingrow’s man of the match award was shared by Mahomet and Walshaw, although every players deserved credit for the performance, especially after playing 80 minutes with only 10 men.

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