WHITBY Fishermen’s won through to the final of the Frank White Trophy with victory in this all-Whitby last four clash.
On a perfect afternoon with the pitch in excellent condition, a large crowd gathered for this local derby.
Fishermen’s welcomed back Bailey and Hart from injury and were eager to put last week’s cup defeat by Newlands behind them. The game started fairly even for the first 15 minutes then the midfield trio of Scaife, Tose and the returning to fitness Hall beginning to take control.
Wide men Goldsmith and Storr were seeing plenty of the ball and Hart’s pace and strength were causing the Rugby Club problems. It seemed the long ball forward was the Rugby Club’s game plan but this was easily dealt with by the Fishermen’s back four of Cleever, Lund, Steve Bailey and Kelly, giving keeper Scales a quiet afternoon.
The deadlock was broken on 20 minutes when a pinpoint through ball from skipper Scaife was taken on the run by Storr to finish in style for his 27th goal of the season.
Fishermen’s then took control of the game with the Rugby Club keeper pulling off some fine saves.
Fishermen’s added a further two goals before half-time with fine strikes from Hart and Scaife to go in at half-time 3-0 up.
The second half started much as the first with Fishermen’s laying siege to the Rugby Club goal with the Rugby Club relying on breakaways from balls forward.
On 60 minutes. Storr produced the goal of the game when, receiving the ball just inside the box, he beat one defender popped the ball over another and volleyed into top corner with the outside of his right foot to make the score 4-0.
Fishermen’s then introduced Sam Bailey, Wiggins and youngster Winspear.
Wiggins carried on his fine goalscoring form with a poacher’s goal to make it 5-0 and that only left Bailey to complete the Fishermen’s goals with a fine headed goal.
Full credit to Rugby Club who never gave up and were rewarded in final minutes when a mix-up in the Fishermens defence allowed Watson to crash the ball in from outside the box in fine style.
Fishermen’s are again are in cup action on Saturday (26 Mar) against Malton team Pro-Pak in the Scarborough Junior Cup semi-final at Lythe, kick-off 1.30pm.
Fishermen’s man of the match Karl Storr - two fine goals.
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