Blues battle back to lift Senior Cup at the Riverside

Whitby Town lift the Senior Cup
Whitby Town lift the Senior Cup

Whitby Town lifted the North Riding Senior Cup for the seventh time in their history in front of a healthy crowd at the Riverside Stadium.

The Blues ran out 3-1 winners over Pickering Town, thanks to a show of six-yard class from Mikey Roberts, who netted twice.

The Seasiders, who created the better chances in the first half, fell behind in spectacular fashion.

Pickering moved forward well, with Blott laying off to Nick Thompson, who curled in a rasping effort well beyond an outstretched Shane Bland, to find the top corner.

Whitby needed half-time, and Chris Hardy’s changes seemed to pay off.

Hardy’s side went won a free-kick, twenty yards from goal, with dead ball specialist Dale Hopson stepping up to curl home, low past Tony Wells.

The Blues looked undeterred and began their quest for the trophy. Mikey Roberts latched on to a ball in to the box, to finish from close range, to put his side ahead.

Roberts, too, was determined to stake a claim in the squad for next season, after an indifferent campaign, and did his chances no harm at all.

A ball into the box from McWilliams dropped again for Roberts, who nipped in first time to help the ball past Wells to secure the trophy for the Blues.