Whitby Fishermen’s entertained Dalton Athletic from the Harrogate League in the North Riding Cup second round at Lythe, on a blustery wet Saturday.
Fishermen’s started strongly, playing some good football and were surprised to find themselves 1-0 within 10 minutes as Dalton hit on the break.
For all the possession Fishermen’s were having and chances they were creating, the equaliser was a long time coming with Neil Hart tapping in his first on 30 minutes.
Dalton again took the lead a few minutes later from a dubious penalty decision to go in at half-time leading 2-1.
Fishermen’s started the second half strongly and got back on level terms through a good Hart finish.
With a quarter of an hour to go, Hart completed his hat-trick and put Fishermen’s 3-2 up.
This looked like it was going to be enough to clinch the tie until Fishermen’s conceded a late goal from a well-hit free-kick with a couple of minutes to go.
As no extra time is played in this competition, the game went straight to penalties with Fishermen’s running out 5-4 winners.
Paul Cull was the hero of the day, saving brilliantly in sudden death and booking Fishermen’s their place in the next round.