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« on: October 08, 2006, 03:57:55 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006, 05:14:05 PM »

Here it is.....you cheeky git!  Wink

The Blues reclaimed fifth spot from opponents Marine thanks to Matty Appleby's well-placed second-half free-kick at the Turnbull Ground on Saturday.
Whitby Town manager Lee Nogan made two changes from the side that suffered a first defeat in six at Mossley on Tuesday night. Out went young makeshift winger Tom Claisse and the unavailable Graham Robinson, with Dave McTiernan and defender Aron Wilford making their first starts since Town's infamous FA Cup exit last month.
It took 14 minutes for Whitby to threaten Marine keeper Andy Ralph's goal, but when they did, two good chances arrived in quick succession. Firstly, Ant Ormerod knocked on for Tom Raw to inexplicably fire high over the bar from point-blank range. Then, moments later, Ralph dropped the ball under pressure in a crowded penalty area following a Whitby corner, Danny Brunskill crossed from the edge of the box, and James Drinkall headed narrowly wide from 12 yards.
So it was a little against the run of play when the visitors grabbed the lead on 21 minutes. From their first meaningful attack, the Mariners won a corner, with Wayne McDermott’s cross flicked on by Mike O’Donnell and the unlikely figure of centre-half James Dever, given time and space to fire home expertly low on-the-turn past Dave Campbell for 1-0.
Whitby then went straight up the other end and Raw took a blow to the back of the head for his trouble after impressively outjumping a taller opponent and bravely nodding just wide from the edge of the box.
Alvin MacDonald's side weren't content to sit on their early lead though, and Carl Nesbitt's low drive brought an equally gutsy block from Appleby- throwing himself full-length in front of the ball on the edge of the Whitby box.
The half-hour mark saw not the ball, but sod's law, strike the former Barnsley man, after Brunskill was adjudged to have taken the ball over the touchline before crossing for Appleby to volley home majestically from the arc of the area, this time at the other end of the pitch.
Five minutes before the break, and Brunskill - in the midst of a minor goal drought - hammered a vicious left-foot drive wide of Ralph's right-hand post from distance with the ball always curling away from goal.
Despite the chances, Town gave a lazy showing in the first period with the away side first just about everything. The half-time break seemed longer than usual, probably due to a strongly-worded team-talk from Town's manager.
If that was the case, then Nogan's words must've hit home as Town equalised just two minutes after the restart. Many supporters were still finishing their half-time refreshments in the clubhouse, seemingly joined by a couple of Marine defenders, as the visitors returned the favour for their first half opener. Good work from Ant Ormerod saw the ball drilled across goal for the unmarked McTiernan, lurking at the far post, to poke past Ralph from close range.
However, with christmas just 70-odd shopping days away, Whitby seemed determined the visitors weren't going to leave the ground empty-handed and almost conspired to hand them back the lead eight minutes later. A routine through ball for former Vauxhall striker Nicky Young was chased down by Wilford and Tom Reid. Keeper Campbell came to collect, only for the three to get in a muddle which resulted in Wilford striking a desperate clearance against Young to grab a very fortunate goal-kick.
At the other end, Brunskill's four-game goal-less streak should've been halted after two guilt-edge chances came the ex-Durham man's way. First, the big striker headed goalwards at the far post, but saw Ralph brilliantly pluck the ball out of the air, albeit at a good height for the former Tranmere gloveman. Then within a couple of minutes, McTiernan beat the offside trap on the edge of the box and squared for Brunskill to surely fire home with just Ralph and a defender in front of him. But the big marksman's low drive was tipped round the post at full-stretch. However, the hands were not those of Ralph, but instead, owned by the covering defender- young referee Mr Joyce awarded only a corner.
Young then reminded Town that the result was still in the balance with 20 minutes remaining, blasting a ferocious effort on the turn from the edge of the box that flew millimetres over the Whitby crossbar. 
The home side were then convinced they'd been awarded a belated penalty when Drinkall was tripped- but the official signalled a free-kick right on the edge of the area. Marine's reprieve lasted a matter of seconds though, before Appleby, who had unsuccessfully opted to try a training-ground like pass off to Brunskill from a similar position moments earlier, this time shot direct, curling the ball neatly round the oddly-positioned wall and past Ralph's despairing left hand for 2-1.
But Marine had a glorious opportunity to even things up nine minutes from time, when subsitute Tommy Taylor struck the outside of the post via Campbell's glove with only the Whitby keeper to beat from 12 yards.
Right-back Neil Wilkinson replaced left-back Phil Brumwell with seven minutes left, and the former Hartlepool man and his defensive colleagues were kept busy right until the final whistle as the ball spent most of its time in the Town half. In-between Drinkall struck a tame effort straight at Ralph from just inside the visitors' box. Ralph himself was a little lucky to recieve just a booking after mis-judging a high ball he contested with Raw and jumped right out of his penalty area. A yellow card was shown to the keeper, but team-mate Paul Byrne wasn't so fortunate and summed up the Merseysiders' afternoon- the South-African midfielder recieving a straight red after a clash involving several players on the half way line a minute from time.
Campbell, Reid, Brumwell(Wilkinson 83), Appleby, Farthing, Wilford, McTiernan, Drinkall, Raw, Brunskill, Ormerod. Subs not used: Claisse, Nogan.
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