Substitute Dave McTiernan rescued a point for Whitby Town with just two minutes left on the clock in last night’s EvoStik League clash with Trafford.
The Greater Manchester side’s smash and grab on 86 minutes looked to have secured the points as striker Rory Fallon swept neatly home from a Brett Mbalanda cutback.
But McTiernan, who looked lively from the moment he was introduced midway through the second half, was having none of that and smashed home after a deep cross was only half cleared two minutes later.
Whitby had the ball in the net after just eight minutes as Steven Snaith scored after Graeme Armstrong’s initial effort was blocked by Trafford’s keeper Kieran O’Hara, who is on loan from Manchester United, but the flag was raised for offside.
A similar fate befell the visitors as Fallon slotted home from close range. Whitby striker Nathan Mulligan was fortunate to escape with a yellow card after a late challenge on Fallon which infuriated some of the opposing players.
Whitby then missed a great chance to go in front before the break as Armstrong’s header from a corner clipped the back of Snaith and the ball was gathered safely by O’Hara.
An uneventful game burst into life for the last 25 minutes as towering Whitby centre half Richard Pell headed narrowly wide from a corner while Fallon then stung the gloves of Shane Bland with a fierce effort from the edge of the box. O’Hara then made a remarkable triple save, parrying Lee Mason’s deflected drive and Adam Rundle’s well-struck follow-up before Craig Farrell, returning from injury, struck tamely at the shot-stopper.
Whitby Town: Bland, Hassan, Robinson (c), Burgess, Pell, Bullock (McTiernan 63), Henry, Mason, Armstrong (Farrell 68), Mulligan (Rundle 76), Snaith. Attendance: 178.
Whitby Town 1 Trafford 1
You can listen to interviews with Whitby Town manager Darren Williams, players Chris Dickinson and Steven Snaith, and Whitby Gazette sports editor Duncan Atkins, who all spoke to Spark FM’s Andrew Snaith after the game.