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« on: February 02, 2009, 04:31:21 AM »

Three goals in nine second half minutes for visitors Cammell Laird following Jimmy Beadle's 24th minute sending off, ensured Whitby's indifferent form continued at the Turnbull Ground on Saturday.

The two sides came into the match level on points but with Town two places ahead in 13th, due to goal difference. Lairds have been unable to pay their players since November and were without influential striker Eddie Jebb who put in a transfer request and apparently refused to board the team coach.

Blues boss Graeme Clarke would have to do without defender Craig Bishop who failed a late fitness test on his hamstring injury, and while Steve Huggins past his test, the midfielder was only up to a place on the subs bench. In the only change from the side that won 4-2 at Prescot in midweek, skipper Richard Forster returned in place of Bishop, after missing the last two games.

Both teams started scrappily with clear-cut chances at a premium. The visitors found the net on 19 minutes but the experienced Ian Cooke's nicely timed header was disallowed for offside.

Five minutes later, Beadle lunged in on a Lairds wide man by the far touchline around the halfway mark. This triggered a full scale brawl with Whitby's Kevin Burgess and a couple of visiting players most prominent. When the officials finally restored order, referee Mr Hart consulted the nearby linesman before dismissing Beadle, and showing a yellow to Burgess.

Bizarrely, despite appearing to throw punches and possibly even a headbutt, no action was taken against any of the Cammell Laird players. And even more puzzling, the referee later said that he sent Beadle off for 'a two footed challenge' yet failed to award Lairds a free-kick, but a throw-in.

With a little over fifteen minutes remaining before half-time, the quiet Alex Janes made way for the versatile Huggins as Town readjusted. The Blues then went on to create a lot more and play some good attacking football to conclude the opening 45.

The Whitby momentum continue into the second half, and four minutes in, Town fans and staff were angered when Michael Rae was adjudged to have handled before beating Richard Whiteside with a deft chip from the touchline, 25 yards from goal. The consternation was mainly due to the same linesman involved in the first half fracas raising his flag late and immediately after the away defence's appeals, before signalling the infringement.

However, the turning point came when Laird's boss Derek Ward pulled off Cooke, with Liam Atherton his replacement. Atherton who beat Town keeper Liversedge in bizarre fashion when the clubs last met, was to be another thorn in the Blues' side. After a succession of efforts at the opposite end of the pitch, Lairds broke quickly, and despite the pacey forward only being on the field two minutes, Atherton ghosted in to slot home the opening goal.

Town had no time to breathe before the same player doubled the dose four minutes later. Ashley Lyth missed his attempted Challenge and Atherton left Forster trailing before despatching clinically under Liversedge.

Homegrown youngster Danny Andrews then put the icing on the cake for the Birkenhead club when he followed up Liversedge's initial stage to bury the rebound from a few yards.

Clarke then risked the wrath of the home fans who saw it as a very negative move to replace the clearly struggling Forster with fellow defender Steve Tobin.

Appeasing them somewhat, talismanic marksman Danny Brunskill took to the field for the final 20 minutes. And the ex-Spennymoor hotshot fired a 22-yard warning shot straight at Whiteside.

Some tremendous skill from the unlikely figure of Burgess in the final minute then took the ex-Darlington man passed a number of away players before he overhit the following pass.

Moments later, Whitby's day was sorted when Sean Ross as in two minds before bringing a simple catch from Whiteside with a shot on the turn.

The result sees Town drop to 16th, still three places above the relegation zone but only two points adrift.

Liversedge, Burgess, Janes(Huggins 31), Lyth, Forster(Tobin 62), Beadle, Ross, Scott, Raw, Rae, Charlton. Subs not used: Garvie, Nogan.

Attendance: 237

Whjitby Co-operative WTFC Man Of The Match: Leon Scott

Match Sponsor: The Royal Hotel, Runswick Bay.
Matchball Sponsor: Botham's Bakery of Whitby.
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