WHITBY Wanderers’ latest trip to Oliver’s Mount ended in both teams sharing the spoils in a feisty and evenly contested encounter last Sunday.
With keeper David Fish returning to the starting line-up, Wanderers were hopeful of being able to keep a clean sheet.
However, this proved not to be the case in the opening minutes when the hosts opened the scoring with a corner finding an unmarked man to head the ball beyond the Wanderers keeper.
The game was evenly contested by both sides and a mazy run from Danny Brown on 15 minutes ended in him feeding Simon Taylor, returning to the starting line-up after injury, with the simple task of slotting the ball beyond the onrushing Alma keeper.
Despite more chances and some feisty tackles from both sides, with Jackson lucky to escape the referee’s notebook with a ‘rugby style’ tackle on the home side’s winger.
At the break, Wanderers introduced Danny Wilson to the action and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation, a move which paid dividends when Wilson cut in from the left to curl the ball from the edge of the area into the net with a half an hour to go.
Wanderers looked to hold onto the lead and despite creating further chances, Alma equalised from another corner, with a goalmouth scramble ending with the ball in the back of the net in the 85th minute.
Wanderers created one clear cut chance to seal all three points in the dying moments when Ben Hogarth threaded Simon Taylor through on goal again only for his shot to sneak just wide of the hosts’ goal.
This was a good point and the team is now looking solid and hoping for more positive results around the corner.
Man of the match: Andy Hardy - solid at the heart of defence.
Main sponsor: The Met Bar; match ball sponsor: Dunsley Hall
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