Blues round-off pre-season with derby draw

Whitby Town drew with Scarborough Athletic at the Turnbull Ground on Saturday. Pictures: Brian Murfield
Whitby Town drew with Scarborough Athletic at the Turnbull Ground on Saturday. Pictures: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town were held to a 1-1 draw by local rivals Scarborough Athletic in their final outing of pre-season, on Saturday.

Mikey Roberts handed the hosts a third-minute lead at the Turnbull Ground, but Boro, who currently play their football one league below Town in Evo-Stik Division One North, levelled things up through Callum Terrell with around 20 minutes to go.

Mikey Roberts beats Scarborough keeper Jordan Porter to the ball

Mikey Roberts beats Scarborough keeper Jordan Porter to the ball

“It was a game of two halves really and another performance where we got it right for some of the 90 minutes, but not all of it,” reflected Blues boss Chris Hardy.

“We were excellent in the first half, controlled the game and perhaps should have been out of sight at the break with the chances we had.

“But in the second period we made too many unforced errors and that helped Scarborough gain the momentum.

“There were a lot of positives but there is still plenty of room for improvement.”

Matty Tymon challenges Scarborough defender Dean Lisles for a header

Matty Tymon challenges Scarborough defender Dean Lisles for a header

With his team’s pre-season fixtures now complete and the start of competitive football just five days away, Hardy feels that the Blues have benefited from their seven friendly outings.

“It’s been a productive pre-season on the whole, and I feel we’re in decent shape with the first league fixture coming up this weekend,” he added.

“As is the nature of pre-season, it can sometimes be a bit wishy washy because you have to chop and change the team so much to have a look at players and make sure everyone gets a run-out.

“That said, I’m pleased that we’ve now finalised our squad for the 2016/17 campaign and now it’s a case just fine-tuning the lads’ match fitness. This will come once we start to get some continuity in terms of selection as the league season begins.”

Scarborough's David Brown looks to get on the ball

Scarborough's David Brown looks to get on the ball