County stars back to guide Whitby home

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IN total contrast to last week’s weather, Whitby had a home game on a glorious sunny day.

Whitby once again had three regular players missing so had to draft in players from other outlets.

Whitby started slowly due to the heat but soon got into stride after 15 minutes, once again showing off their superb passing skills.

After having a few weeks break from Whitby due to county commitments, Sammy Gibson dominated the central defence, setting up many opportunities for the mid-field and attack – her vision was exemplary, switching play constantly.

Guisborough had several strong attacking players but Beth Sanderson in midfield cut out any runs, and linked up with Jo Braithwaite and Deb Callaghan to eliminate the players’ runs.

A change in the forward line saw Emily Webster on the right wing showing confidence and skill, resulting in the first goal of the match.

Dani Halley, also back in position after county commitments, made some punishing lightning runs up the left wing, leaving the Guisborough defence stranded.

A well-worked piece found her latching onto a cross and sweeping the ball into the net.

Nicola Kent and Beth Grason were the central steam of the attack and although they set up many goalscoring opportunities and had several shots on goal, they were not rewarded with any goals.

Guisborough had a few lose breaks before half-time which found Karen Sanderson at the back exposed, but quick interceptions soon had Whitby on the counter-attack.

Charlotte Jackson in goal made two superb saves from difficult angles from Guisborough.

The second half saw Whitby attacking into the sun and rolling off some of their players to give others a breather.

Jessie Purvis made an immediate impact on the forward line once again weaving her way in and out of the Guisborough defence with great ease. Kirsty Dixon took her chances at right inner – her usual position is GK or right defence and picked up a first-time ball to score her first goal of the season.

A few quick breaks once again found Whitby with an overload situation in their circle but quick clearances by Beth Sanderson kept any goals out. A superb worked four-man pass from Sammy Gibson to Jo Braithwaite and switch to Jess Purvis – who then found Beth Sanderson - resulted in a powerful push, making the score 4-0.

Guisborough gave their last effort in the final 10 minutes but the gap once again was too large to make a comeback.

After ongoing determination, Emily Webster made it 5-0 with a fantastic undercut shot.

Player of the Match: Jess Purvis

Whitby 5 Guisborough 0