Whitby Town, under the stewardship of assistant manager Lee Bullock, put on a nine-goal thriller with Guisborough Town to make it two wins from two in pre-season.
The annual fixture, in which the teams contest the Mickey Skinner Memorial Trophy, served up a frenetic ninety minutes, in which the Seasiders ran out 6-3 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Greg Rutherford and goals from Alex White and Matty Tymon.
The Blues got off to a strong start too, putting the Priorymen under pressure and opening the scoring, just ten minutes in. Dan Rowe’s cross from deep found Tymon on the penalty spot, who directed his header into the bottom corner.
And just a few minutes later he popped up again. Brad Mills’ cross from the right bounces awkwardly in front of a Guisborough defender, falling to Tymon at the back post to side foot home in space.
However, Whitby looked to sit back on their two goal cushion and were caught out by the hosts, with Danny Earl converting inside the penalty area past Shane Bland.
The two-goal advantage was soon restored, however, thanks to a well-worked set piece. Patton took advantage of the opportunity to take a free-kick quickly, finding Aaron Wearmouth on the left. The wing-back drilled in a low ball from the edge of the area, which White turned home in a mass of bodies.
The Priorymen continued to push and expose gaps either side of Whitby’s defence, Earl crashing a chance against the post, before forcing Bland to react quickly to push a header wide of the mark.
Five minutes after the restart, the hosts found the goal they were looking for, after a clumsy challenge from David McTiernan saw him concede a penalty. Sonny Coleman stepped up from 12 yards, sending Bland the wrong way as he dispatched his spot kick into the bottom left corner.
However, McTiernan almost made up for his error, heading Dale Hopson’s corner just wide of the mark on the hour mark.
A minute later, Rutherford made no mistake from the skipper’s delivery, powering a header past the Guisborough Town gloveman to once again restore the two goal advantage.
And he struck again moments later to add Whitby’s fifth. A ball forward was flicked on by Tymon, allowing Rutherford to nip in and chip the keeper first-time from 18 yards.
To their credit, the hosts refused to give up on getting something, and at least made the scoreline look a bit more respectable with five minutes remaining. Good work on the left gave John Howard a chance in the area, which he duly took, firing past Daniel Dixon in the Blues net.
However it was Rutherford who wrapped up proceedings for Whitby, adding his side’s sixth to ensure a hat-trick, finishing coolly across Guisborough’s keeper, following a neat through ball from the midfield trialist.
WHITBY TOWN FIRST HALF | Bland, Mills, Wearmouth, Rowe, Bullock, White, Gell, Roper, Patton, Tymon, Rutherford.
WHITBY TOWN SECOND HALF | Bland (Dixon ‘61), Trialist, Sukar, Rowe, Bythway, White, Gell (Trialist ‘61), Hopson, Tymon, Fewster (Rutherford ‘47), McTiernan.