Whitby Town’s unbeaten run extended to four games with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Stafford Rangers on Saturday. Paul Connolly takes us through five things that we learned from the stalemate.
1) Dale Hopson is human after all
Hopson’s penalty miss game as a surprise, considering his record from the spot this season.
However, it just goes to prove that nobody is perfect- Hopson included.
Adam Whitehouse managed to get down to make a good save, low to his left, from Hopson’s attempt, which would have given Whitby a vital and deserved lead, on the stroke of half-time.
2) Luke Bythway went through the wars
Bythway has gained a reputation as a battler within the Whitby Town ranks.
This was proven through more than just a few scars, this time around, with the centre-half coming out of the game with a black eye.
Bythway, for ninety minutes, showed his usual fight for the side, but ended up on the end of trailing arms at a number of headers.
3) Stafford contained Whitby well, once they’d figured out the game plan
Over the first half, Whitby dominated the game and outplayed their opponents with their usual brand of free-flowing, attacking football.
The hosts struggled to deal with that over the first half, and the Seasiders probably should have led.
However Stafford battled through to get to half-time at 0-0 and changed their system to combat Chris Hardy’s side.
They matched up on Whitby, numbers-wise, and created a tense match by pressing Whitby further up the pitch- though struggled to create anything too clear cut.
4) A point was a fair result
Both sides had a half on top each.
Whitby looked dominant in the opening period of the game, whilst the hosts looked solid and better organised in the defence, across the second period.
Neither side looked to do enough to win the game, despite both having chances, though if anyone was more likely to score, it would have been Whitby, who consistently tested Whitehouse over the game.
5) Whitby can feel fortunate that Stafford’s disallowed attempt didn’t stand
Kyle Perry’s goal, arguably, should have stood.
What looked to be a perfectly good header from Perry was chalked off, with the forward adjudged to have fouled Bullock when climbing for the header.
Stafford’s players and officials were understandably frustrated, with matters made worse for them with no Whitby players appealing for the goal to be disallowed.