Denaby Utd – Norton Woodseats 0   Denaby 1 – Denaby win at Norton

April 1969

South Yorkshire Times, April 5, 1969

Yorkshire League

Denaby Win One, Lose The Other

Denaby United gained two points from the weekend’s Yorkshire League games despite playing under the severe handicap of a shortage of experienced mid-field players. Both Trevor Whittaker and John Royston were unavailable, and for the Sunday game with Ossett Albion, Peter Pettit was also on the sidelines.

Norton Woodseats 0   Denaby United  1

On a rough and muddy pitch neither team could produce a skilful game, but Denaby gained control early on and scored the only goal of the match 15 minutes into the first hall

Whitehead took a free-kick and floated the- ball high into the box. Howard Morley, always dangerous in the air, headed on and young Ken Bowden scored his second goal in a Denaby shirt by pushing the ball low and wide of the ‘keeper.

Denaby went close on several occasions, but approaching half-time Norton began to come more into the game and Denaby did well to hold them. The second half was a different story as Denaby launched a series of enterprising raids which smacked of the spirit and determination so lacking in the previous week’s games Johnny Gilbert had a shot cleared off the line and Peter Caunt went close with a couple of good headers.

In fact Norton broke quickly from defence in the closing minutes and almost snatched an undeserving equaliser when a great scramble on the goal line was eventually cleared by Whitehead, but Denaby held on to the points.