Denaby Utd – Denaby 4, Heeley Amateurs 1 – Positive Football Earned Points

January 1967

South Yorkshire Times January 21, 1967

Denaby United’s Positive Football Earned Points

Denaby United 4, Heeley Amateurs 1

In good old Yorkshire slang, Heeley amateurs (had nowt to come) from their Yorkshire league game with Denaby United at Tickill Square, on Saturday.

Neither did they have anything to offer in the way of constructive football, with the result that their progress hardly ever got beyond the stage of clueless midfield meanderings.

But while Heeley were not better nor any worse than they were last season, Denaby – needless to say – are a considerably improved side and although they might be faulted for only being 2 -1 ahead at half-time, they fully deserved their 4-1 win for the positive football they produced

From Acute Angle

Outside left Gerry Smith, fast running into match-winning form, put Denaby ahead after 10 minutes. With the Heeley defence in a state of collapse, he hit the post with one shot, then scored from an acute angle as Amateurs failed to clear. Smith hit the side netting with another shop 10 minutes later, but then came the unexpected. By sheer persistence Gledhall fought the ball through the retreating United defence to Middlemass, who laid on the equaliser for Whitehead.

The balance was restored just after half an hour when a Bond tackle on Barton brought a penalty, converted by Caunt.

If Denaby were too frequently caught offside, it was mainly because the visiting defence was always a move and a half behind. Something had to give and it did – after 10 minutes of the second half as in the inside right Ken Launders latched onto a loose ball in the Heeley area and low inside the post.

Slipped Into Net

Five minutes from time, Launder’s sent a lob over the head of Glendale who got a hand to the ball but let the ball slip back into the net.