Post saves Whitby Town’s blushes

Eastwood's keeper led a charmed life in Saturday's 1-1 draw'Picture: Brian Murfield
Eastwood's keeper led a charmed life in Saturday's 1-1 draw'Picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town were held to a draw by relegated Eastwood Town on Saturday - and it could have been even worse, as Badgers boss Chris Shaw hit the post in the last minute from the centre circle.

Shaw’s opposite number, Darren Williams, wasn’t too downcast, despite dropping points to the Northern Premier’s bottom side.

Dave McTiernan gets in a shot on goal against Eastwood'Picture: Brian Murfield

Dave McTiernan gets in a shot on goal against Eastwood'Picture: Brian Murfield

He said: “From a performance point of view, it wasn’t bad. We created a lot of good chances, I just think we were sloppy at times and to concede a goal in the manner we did, was very disappointing. Eastwood were very direct, they looked to hit the ball long and make it very difficult for us.”

The club’s Pay What You Want scheme resulted in almost doubling the crowd. They saw the hosts start strongly as Craig Farrell should’ve done better, but sidefooted high and wide, when well-placed, inside 16 minutes.

The Seasiders broke the deadlock just short of the half hour, when Shane Henry’s first shot was blocked back into his path and the winger made no mistake, despatching his second attempt past Alex Malong from 20 yards.

Centre-half Kev Burgess then tried his luck from 40 yards, but Malong watchfully claimed the teasing high ball.

Shane Henry (centre) gets a high five from Dave McTiernan (far right) and other Whitby Town team-mates 'Picture: Brian Murfield

Shane Henry (centre) gets a high five from Dave McTiernan (far right) and other Whitby Town team-mates 'Picture: Brian Murfield

The Blues should’ve increased their lead on a couple of occasions, before half-time. First, Farrell was guilty of missing from a good position, firing across the face of goal, from the left angle of the box, after good work from Graeme Armstrong. Then, Tom Portas stroked wide, two minutes later, as Farrell turned provider.

Wasteful Blues were punished for their poor finishing, four minutes into the restart. It was the rangey Romaine Graham who surged down the right and drove an inviting ball, across the six-yard box, for Bradley Munn to bundle home a point-blank equaliser.

At the other end, Armstrong powered down the left wing and centered for Farrell, who hit the ball into the ground, on the half-volley, but Malong was able to touch the close-range effort over the bar.

Malong smothered comfortablywith a camera-friendly save from Farrell’s header, while McTiernan’s ambitious blaze over was close as the Blues came in the last 20 minutes. Instead it was the visitors who could’ve stolen all three points, seconds from time.

Kev Burgess made his 200th appearance for Whitby v Eastwood'Picture: Brian Murfield

Kev Burgess made his 200th appearance for Whitby v Eastwood'Picture: Brian Murfield

Shaw picked up the ball inside his own half and tried a shot from the midway point of the pitch, catching out 6’4” gloveman Liversedge, only for the keeper’s right-hand post to save Whitby blushes.

Whitby Town: Liversedge, Hassan, Robinson(c), Burgess (James 89), White, McTiernan, Portas (Williams 37), Henry, Farrell, Armstrong, Mulligan (Snaith 83). Attendance: 342. Whitby man of the match: Dave McTiernan.