South Yorkshire Times, April 5, 1969
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.