WHITBY Wanderers entertained their Scarborough-based rivals on a surprisingly mild morning and were looking to pick themselves up from the disappointment of the previous week’s defeat at Cayton.
The visiting side started the game fastest and created some good chances, yet failed to make any of them count through the good work of the Wanderers goalkeeper.
Wanderers came into the game and managed to craft some chances of their own through Taylor, Brown and Leadley yet neither side could find the decisive final touch to break the deadlock.
The highlight of the first half came on the 40th minute when Andrew Marshall did his best dancing on ice impression after being hit in the face from a clearance, seemingly out cold, but was able to recover and continue with the game.
The second half began and with the light breeze behind them Wanderers looked more threatening and managed to get the opening goal from a Simon Taylor corner turned into the net by Adam Steele.
Chances then came and went for both sides, but the visitors levelled on 65 minutes when a cross from the right was turned into the net.
The away side then seemed to grow in confidence, and should have gone into the lead when their striker put the ball over the bar from five yards out. Commercial did take the lead moments later however with a strike from inside the penalty area.
Wanderers introduced debutant Ben Hogarth to inject some pace into the attack - a move which provided instant results when confusion in the visitors’ defence saw a collision between keeper and centre half leaving Hogarth the simple task of tapping the ball into the empty net, leaving the score 2-2 with 20 minutes to go.
Both sides attacked yet neither were able to find the winner, each receiving a share of the spoils.
Main sponsor: The Met Bar, Whitby; match ball sponsor: Dunsley Hall
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