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« on: November 12, 2007, 04:50:05 AM »

After last week's encouraging result against strugglers Leek, Whitby were brought back to earth with a bump in Nottinghamshire on Saturday. Eastwood Town with 6 wins and 6 defeats, 15 goals scored and 15 conceded were made to look anything but average as previously dominant Town capitulated in the second half at the weekend.

The Blues gave debuts to highly rated young centre-half Stephen Tobin, signed from Tow Law, and the experienced 34-year-old ex-Middlesbrough left-back Dean Gordon. And after both sides adjusted to the strong wind in Robin Hood country, it was Whitby's Danny Brunskill who arrowed a goalbound effort from the edge of the area via a slight deflection, and forced a finger tip save from Ian Deakin at full stretch.

Two minutes later, and the ex-Spennymoor marksman brought a parry from Deakin with a low drive from similar distance, caretaker boss Phil Brumwell's unconvincing 25-yard prod at the loose ball was then blocked.

On 26 minutes, Andrew Thompson's low 25-yard free-kick was spilled by Deakin, but the former Nottingham Forest keeper made amends by blocking well at Brunskill's feet as the big striker followed up.

Whitby kept up the pressure and were practically camped in the home side's half for almost the entire first period. So imagine the indignation of the healthy visitors' following when the Badgers' 45th minute set piece from the right was bravely nodded home in a crowded box by a stooping Mark Stephenson.

Buoyed by such a well-timed opener, the home side, without a win in five games, doubled their lead early in the second half when 18-year-old David Brown drove a dangerous right-wing cross into the Blues box, and Ricky Hanson reacted quickest to slot home. At the other end, Brunskill flicked on for Liam Gildea to force Deakin to save low to his right, but Eastwood promptly added a third within two minutes.

Debutant Tobin was dispossessed on the edge of the penalty area, and Matt Rhead nipped in and spotting Dave Campbell off his line, chipped the veteran Whitby keeper expertly for 3-0. Tempers were becoming flared on both sides with the challenges flying in and the likes of Deakin and Gary Breach for the hosts openly shoving opposition players in front of the referee. Gordon found himself in the book, and within moments made way for Tom Claisse after an undistinguished outing.

Whitby heads appeared to drop after the third goal and looked short of ideas, struggling to play as a unit or create clearcut chances of any kind. Andy Raw replaced Brumwell with 13 minutes remaining, and with the clock ticking down, Eastwood added a fourth.

Brown, a dimunitive figure on loan from Forest, sprinted down the left wing with ease before looping over the simplest far post cross for the completely unmarked Rhead to volley home smartly at close range but from a difficult angle.

The Seasiders finally gave their 30-40 supporters something to cheer six minutes from time when Andy Burton tricked his way down the right and put in a testing cross for the previously dominant Eastwood defence, and Brunskill was on hand to stick out a boot and slide the ball past Deakin.

Campbell, Burton, Gordon(Claisse 57), Appleby, Lyth, Tobin, Brumwell(Raw 77), Thompson, Gildea, Brunskill, Charlton. Sub not used: Adams.

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