Bishops make life Auck-ward for Whitby

Bishops get in a shot in their pre-season game at Whitby Town
picture: Brian Murfield

Bishops get in a shot in their pre-season game at Whitby Town picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town were held by a Bishop Auckland side, including ex-Town players Jeff Smith, Callum Hassan and Harrison Smith, on Saturday.

Blues’ player-manager Darren Williams gave a debut to his 32-year-old former York and Bradford City team-mate Lee Bullock, in midfield, with Mark Cook starting ahead of Shane Bland in goal.

Early on, Whitby’s Nathan Evans curled a left-foot effort high and wide, while at the other end, Dan Hawkins poked over the top, via a defelection, after latching onto a neat Adam Boyd backheel.

The best opportunity of the first period fell to Nathan Mulligan, who lobbed stranded Bishops keeper Scott Pocklington, but the ball fell narrowly past Pocklington’s left-hand post.

Just after the break, Steven Snaith’s shot on the turn was saved by Pocklington, while former Hartlepool hotshot Boyd should have done better, but spooned over the top, after collecting a neat driven ball from the right.

Williams eventually tried three in defence and up front, with Bullock looking solid at the back, alongside Polish youngster George Wysocki, as 6’7” centre-half Richard Pell took a rest and skipper Mark Robinson hobbled off with an ankle injury.

Town’s Dave McTiernan came as close as anyone with a 20-yard curling drive from the left edge of the box, that swerved inches wide, but the game was destined to end goal-less.

Whitby Town: Cook (Bland 46), Hassan, Robinson (Henry 51), Pell (Wysocki 60), Burgess, Bullock, Evans (McTiernan 46), Portas, Armstrong, Snaith (Dixon 69), Mulligan (Farrell 46).

Attendance: 142

Whitby Town 0 Bishop Auckland 0




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