‘Bizarre’ red card ruins Macca’s night

Match-winner Dave McTiernan'picture: Brian Murfield
Match-winner Dave McTiernan'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town want a return to winning ways when they return to the Turnbull Ground, this Saturday (Oct 25), for the visit of Nantwich.

The 10-man Seasiders lost out 4-0 at the league’s top scorers Ramsbottom United on Tuesday night.

Inside seven minutes, the hosts took the lead when Jordan Hulme turned well and beat keeper Shane Bland with a low finish, after good work from Phil Dean.

Bland had earlier made two top saves, but Whitby looked to have weathered the early storm, only to have midfielder Dave McTiernan sent off on 25 minutes, following a bizarre exchange with the Rams’ Gary Stopforth.

Keeper Bland said: “Macca shook his hand after the first tackle, the lad has pulled Macca’s hand down and Macca tried to quickly remove it and unfortunately caught him.”

Steven Snaith and the returning Callum Hassan, who came in for Lee Mason (work commitments), both came close as Town looked to fight back. However the hosts doubled their lead as the unlucky Lee Bullock turned in Hulme’s low cross with 15 minutes remaining.

Dean then fired past Bland from distance within two minutes and substitute Jon Robinson added a fourth from the penalty spot – his 100th goal in 152 games for the fourth-placed Lancashire club.

Three other sides have been hit for four or more goals by last season’s First Division North play-off winners and a busy Bland admitted it was hard going.

“It was very tough out there, mentally and physically, after making a bunch of saves.” he said.

“Obviously it’s going to be tough going down to ten men – the penalty, I think, was a tired tackle between two of our defenders.

“The game was dead and buried already in my eyes, but we go again Saturday and hopefully, with a good crowd behind us, we can get three points at home.”

Cheshire outfit Nantwich also lost 4-0 in midweek, this time, at Grantham Town.

Danny Johnson’s men have just two wins from their last 11 league games, since August. Only bottom two sides Witton Albion and Belper have let in more than the Dabbers’ 33-goal NPL concession.

The Blues, who dropped to 12th, following Tuesday’s defeat, lead their visitors by four points and six places. They can return to the top six, depending on results elsewhere and hope to have centre-halves Kev Burgess and Richard Pell back in contention. Mason is also likely to return.

“Hopefully Kev and Pelly are not too far away,” offers Town player-boss Darren Williams.

“I thought we tired towards the end of the game on Tuesday, but I don’t think the lads did badly at all.”

With a thin squad, despite Hassan’s comeback from a spell at Harrogate Town, the Blues had just four substitutes including Williams, veteran assistant and goalkeeper Dave Campbell (44), plus a half-fit Craig Farrell.

“I thought we worked hard and with no bench really, I felt it was hard going for the lads,” Williams adds.

Admission at the Turnbull Ground is free for under 16s accompanied by a paying adult, while under 18s pay just £2. It’s £5 concessions and £9 adults.

Kick-off 3pm.

Fishburn Park’s North Riding Senior Cup game with Northern League Marske United, at the Turnbull, has been scheduled for Wednesday November 12, the same night as Town’s trip to play Darlington in the Doodson Sport League Cup.

However, there are no plans to move the fixture.