Whitby Town’s penultimate pre-season friendly against Marske United turned into a disappointing afternoon for Chris Hardy and his side as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against their opponents.
The Seasiders put in a respectable performance across the 90 minutes, but Marske were the more clinical of the two sides in a relatively tight encounter.
Throughout the first 45 minutes, the hosts looked to be the more dangerous of the two sides, creating several opportunities to take the lead.
Kieran Weledji was the hero after 15 minutes when he managed to get his foot to a goal-bound effort to clear the ball away from danger when it looked certain that Marske would grab the initiative.
In the 37th minute, Shane Bland looked beaten as Marske United’s Stephenson hit the top of the cross bar from the edge of the area. There was some mis-communication in the Blues’ back line which allowed the striker to get his shot away.
Stephenson would then hit the post right on half time as he managed to find space 18 yards out before unleashing a strike that cannoned behind off of the wood work.
As the second half got underway, it looked as if Whitby may have finally found some rhythm as they began to create some reasonable openings; Greg Rutherford and Matty Tymon finding themselves with decent opportunities.
Tymon was to be the man to go closest though on 67 minutes. Dale Hopson played a good cross into the area which was met by the head of Rutherford. Jack Norton saved this shot put could only parry it into the path of Tymon who found the angle too tight to roll the ball home for 1-0.
Typically, just a minute later Marske took the lead through a trialist. A looping ball was played in from the left and the youngster was there to head home at the back post.
Less than ten minutes later one became two thanks to another trialist. In this instance, he also found himself free at the back post to roll the ball home with ease beyond Shane Bland.
Events turned sour towards the end as Whitby were reduced to ten men after Alex White appeared to have punched Callum Martin following a challenge.
The Seasiders will be hoping to finish pre-season strongly next Saturday as they host Pickering Town.