Blues hit Pickering for six

Kieran Weledji, left, and Mikey Roberts celebrate a goal in Whitby's 6-0 demolition of Pickering Town. Picture by Brian Murfield.
Kieran Weledji, left, and Mikey Roberts celebrate a goal in Whitby's 6-0 demolition of Pickering Town. Picture by Brian Murfield.
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Whitby Town recorded their third consecutive pre-season win when they thrashed Pickering Town 6-0 in the A169 derby on Tuesday evening.

Darren Williams men led inside seven minutes as Mikey Roberts was felled in the box and the same player sent keeper Sam Dobbs the wrong way from the penalty spot. Dobbs, a Whitby lad, was soon beaten again, this time Roberts slid in with the gloveman as the pair contested Liam Shepherd’s through ball and Ross Gardner was well placed to slot home the loose ball.

Mikey Roberts nets Whitby's third goal. Picture Brian Murfield

Mikey Roberts nets Whitby's third goal. Picture Brian Murfield

It was 3-0 when Kieran Weledji found Roberts, who saw one shot blocked before quickly drilling in the 12-yard rebound, with 24 minutes on the clock.

The lively Stuart Rice almost produced a moment of magic to send the hosts in with something to show for their first half showing.

Five minutes before the break, Rice, a former Tadcaster Albion winger, cut in from the left and curled against the top of the Whitby crossbar from 20 yards.

However, if Pickering took any hope from that moment, their optimism was crushed within five minutes of the second half. It was Weledji overlapping on the left who shot early and low from the edge of the penalty area to beat Dobbs at his near post.

Mark Robinson wins the ball during Whitby's pre-season win at Pickering. Picture by Brian Murfield.

Mark Robinson wins the ball during Whitby's pre-season win at Pickering. Picture by Brian Murfield.

The usual raft of changes followed and one of those newcomers took less than 10 minutes to make his mark.

Matty Waters beat the offside trap to volley into the roof of the net at the back post, from a left-wing cross.

Waters almost grabbed a second within eight minutes but struck the far post as he fired across Dobbs from the left-edge of the box, while at the other end Callum Richardson drilled a similar diagonal shot wide from closer range.

Whitby put the icing on the cake, six minutes from time with a sixth goal. It was Jason Blackburn with his first for the club, firing high past Dobbs after Waters turned provider with Pickering caught square amid furious calls for offside.

Substitute Matty Waters smashes in Whitby's fifth goal. Picture by Brian Murfield

Substitute Matty Waters smashes in Whitby's fifth goal. Picture by Brian Murfield

Late on, Bland’s replacement, teenager Dominic Yates did his chances of a place in the squad no harm with a good parry from an awkward Richardson free-kick, followed by a great block at his near post to ensure a third straight clean sheet for the Seasiders.

Trialist Callum Snowdon had a steady 20 minutes after replacing impressive namesake Callum Martin at right wing-back and Williams will be happy that striker James Brown got through over an hour of a bright showing, which was just his second outing of the summer.

Whitby Town: Bland (Yates 72), Martin (Snowden 72), Robinson (c), Bullock (Raby 68), Pell, Weledji, Keogh, R Gardner (Waters 60), Roberts (C Gardner 68), Brown (Blackburn 63), Shepherd. Sub not used: Mason.

Pickering Town: Dobbs, Tilsley, Danby, Heads (c), Andrews, Ingram, Taylor, Dalton, Kamara, Bennett, Rice. Subs: Richardson, Reid (GK), Simpson, Lock, Aziz, Pepper, Woodhead, Foster, Hutchinson.