Last-gasp Gurney heads Wanderers’ winner

Whitby Wanderers
Whitby Wanderers

THE Sunday league’s newest team Whitby Wanderers got the result they deserved in their first game against fellow newcomers Scarborough Sports in an end-to-end encounter.

Wanderers took an early lead when confusion in the Scarborough defence allowed Taylor to round the keeper and grab his first goal of the season 10 minutes in.

The lead was doubled on the 15 minute mark when a quality Danny Wilson cross was equally well despatched again by Taylor at the back post.

Scarborough then showed some resilience as they immediately took the ball down the other end. The visitors’ striker managing to cut inside player manager Jackson and tuck a well-placed finish into the Wanderers net with the despairing Wardill with no chance.

A highly competitive game followed with tackles going in from both sides and chances at either end.

Taylor was unluckily denied his hat-trick by the offside flag. But Wanderers managed to make their chances pay as Danny Wilson took the ball on a mazy dribble down the right and hit a shot into the net from just inside the penalty area.

The visitors showed they were not going to roll over and pulled one back before half-time when confusion in the Wanderers’ defence allowed the striker to drive the ball home to reduce the gap to 3-2.

The second half saw new boy James Ingles replacing the outgoing Waring in defence and Wanderers were awarded a penalty 10 minutes in only for Andrew Marshall to strike his shot with some venom over the bar from 12 yards.

This led to a resurgence from the away side who equalised and then took the lead with a classy lob.

With Wanderers pressing for goals and in the heat of battle, midfield linchpin Rhucroft was sent off, leaving the hosts down to 10 men with 25 minutes to go.

Wanderers introduced Nick Gurney and Paul Owen into the action in search of goals, and with only five minutes to go the home team’s pressure paid off as Darren Magill managed to steal a yard of space in the penalty area and blast a powerful drive under the keeper.

There was time for another twist in the tale as substitute Gurney beat the defence in the air from a corner and headed home the winner.

Wanderers play Sleights in a friendly on Sunday morning (28 Aug) then take on Cayton Corinthians a week on Sunday.

Wanderers: Wardill, Waring, Jackson, Hunter (c), Dy Magill, Mothersdale, Rhucroft, Dn Magill, Wilson, Marshall, Taylor; subs: Gurney, Owen, Ingles; main sponsor: The Met Bar; match ball sponsor: Dunsley Hall

Whitby Wanderers 5 Scarborough Sports FC 4