WHITBY Wanderers made it safely through to the quarter-finals of the Kenward Cup after an intense encounter with fellow third division outfit the Turk’s Head from Scarborough.
With gale force winds blustering across the pitch, this was never going to be a case of the best footballing side winning but the team who wanted it more.
The hosts started the game brightest with Mikey Kilpatrick latching onto a long ball from Andy Hardy, outstripping the visitors’ defence for pace and slotting the ball home on the 10-minute mark.
Further chances were created by the home side through Simon Taylor driving from the left forcing the goalkeeper into a smart save, closely followed by an effort from Ben Hogarth going narrowly wide.
But Turk’s managed to make the breakthrough on 25 minutes, when a mazy run from forward Ramos ended in a neat drive from the edge of the box into the corner of the Wanderers net with keeper David Fish no chance.
Wanderers were then forced into an early change when Steven Mothersdale pulled up and had to be replaced by player-manager Mark Jackson.
With the game becoming more a battle than a showpiece few chances were created by either side, but the visitors scored when Ramos again stole half a yard on the defence and slotted the ball home for 2-1 at the break.
After the restart Wanderers looked more comfortable on the ball and began to dictate play. They equalised through a fine move comfortably finished off by Simon Taylor.
Shortly after, Mikey Kilpatrick again broke free and finished with ease.
Wanderers had a lapse in concentration and pressing for more goals, allowing Ramos to snatch his hat trick after another fine run from deep.
Looking for more attacking options against a tiring Turk’s back line, Wanderers introduced Danny Wilson for Andrew Marshall in midfield.
This decision changed the game in Wanderers’ favour as Wilson cut in from the left, beat his man and shot home and replicated this with an almost identical goal on 80 minutes, making the final score 5-3.
Wanderers are now the last third division side left in the competition and could even face the prospect of local rivals from division two, Fylingdales FC.
Man of the match: Danny Wilson; main sponsor: The Met Bar; match ball sponsor: Dunsley Hall.
Wanderers: D Fish, J Leadley, A Hardy, J Hall, S Hunter, D Brown, A Marshall, S Mothersdale, M Kilpatrick, S Taylor, B Hogarth; Subs: M Jackson, D Wilson.
Whitby Wanderers 5 Turk’s Head 3