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Author Topic: Tue 20 Nov: WHITBY TOWN 6 GRANGETOWN BOYS CLUB 1 - report  (Read 525 times)
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« on: November 21, 2018, 11:17:05 AM »

If you like your Coffey instant, the Turnbull Ground was the place to be on Tuesday night as he starred in a convincing Whitby Town win over Grangetown Boys Club.

The Blues cruised to a 6-1 win in horrendous weather conditions, with debutant Ashley Coffey scoring and registering two assists in his first game for 14 months following two bad injuries.

Greg Rutherford was on hand with a hat-trick, while Dale Hopson and Lewis Maloney added the other two.

However it was the visitors who had the first chance of the evening, Liam Cooper playing through Anthony Barnes, who saw his effort saved by the legs of Adam McHugh, while Dec Morrison fired just wide of the upright from 25 yards.

As hailstone swirled around the Turnbull, the Blues took the lead as they looked to control the game. Coffey chipped the ball to the back post, finding an unmarked Maloney, who headed home gratefully.

Coffey then found Rutherford, whose header produced a stunning mid-air save from Graeme Willey, before himself seeing a close-range effort deflected wide.

David McTiernan’s cross then found Rutherford, who saw a header trickle wide, though it wasn’t long before the frontman had his first of the night, getting on the end of Coffey’s through ball from deep to finish one-on-one across Willey.

Just before the break, however, Grangetown found a lifeline. A corner cleared by the Blues fell to Cooper, who curled home first-time from 25 yards, leaving McHugh rooted.

After the break though, Whitby set about putting the game to bed, and started their demolition job just two minutes into the half.

A ball over the top set Hopson free who feigned a shot before rolling the ball in at the near post.

And it was soon 4-1, Rutherford breaking off his man and heading home Connor Dunlavey’s cross in acres of space.

One man due to get in on the goalscoring act at this point was Coffey, who managed to do so with 17 minutes remaining. Adam Gell’s ball through found the tall forward, and he finished confidently inside the area.

There was still plenty of time for another, and Rutherford duly delivered to secure the match ball went back home with him, as he found space in the area to finish past Willey.

Whitby Town: McHugh, Nearney (Wilson '43), Sukar, Gell, Lees, Bullock (Dunlavey '46), McTiernan, Hopson, Rutherford, Coffey, Maloney. Subs not used: Mondal, McWilliams, Dixon (GK).

Attendance: 223

Whitby Town MotM: Ashley Coffey - An excellent display from the forward, who just pipped hat-trick hero Greg Rutherford to the nod for man of the match. His first game in 14 months out injured produced a goal and two assists, along with a hard-working performance that will get Chris Hardy thinking going into Saturday’s game at Stafford Rangers.
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