Defeat dents Whitby side’s title bid

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Whitby RFC finished the season off frustrated by a stubborn Filey team, who look set to clinch the division two title, only needing four points out of their last three games.

Whitby RFC probably had the lion’s share of possesion in the first half in a scrappy game with not much football on show.

Filey’s Haxby had a header and pulled a shot across goal but then Club started working their way into the game.

Mikey Kilpatrick’s corner curled in and hit the bar, Harry Smith had a shot parried away then Jordan Purvis hit one from distance with his left foot which looked destined to grab the lead but the keeper made a super save.

With scores even at the break, Club came out in the second half and were looking good in the first ten minutes, pushing Filey back.

Kilpatrick was denied a stonewall penalty on the hour but the appeals were turned away.

Steve Mothersdale

Then came the first blow – Cappleman was pushed in the box for Filey and the referee pointed to the spot.

Wassall made a superb save from the spot-kick but it came back out and was drilled home by Cappleman.

Chad Swales pulled up with an injury as Club had to re shuffle. The Whitby side pushed ahead searching for the leveller and created a few half chances. They also had another penalty appeal turned away.

Filey made the game safe as a powerful header from a corner went in via Wassal’ss hand.

Whitby RFC boss Steve Mothersdale said: “It’s a shame the result went against us as I really fancied us.

“I thought if we stayed in the game till the hour mark it was ours to win as we had the fitness and legs which I thought was key, but Filey’s shape and discipline was good and they were hard to break down.

“We needed it to be on the deck and knocking it about to suit us as Filey are direct, big and physical and we never seemed to get a good grip on the game for any long period.

“Well done to Filey – we have both been the best two teams in this division and Filey look set to go on and win it – I’ll be very surprised if they don’t. I’d like to thank all my players for another super year – they are a great bunch and I’m thrilled to bits with them, as well as Mark Jones, my right hand man as been a great support all season.

“Mitch Tuby was man of match today and I also thought Jamie Wassal in goal deserves a mention very unlucky with both goals.”