A DEPLETED Whitby closed in on a promotion place after a last-gasp win over Durham.
With three girls at Thirsk for JAC training and the absence of six regular players, the squad had just 11 players. Millie Storr and Charley Rodgers made their debuts and showed off impressive skills.
Durham came out of the blocks stronger than expected, having recruited some promising youngsters. The teams were equally balanced and the first half drew a blank.
Whitby ladies started the second half stronger and used the left channel of the pitch more where Jess Hogarth had to work hard to force passes to Jo Braithwaite, who put pressure on the Durham defence.
Chances fell to Lucy Hogarth and Romy Thompson, who both pressed forward hard, resulting in a short corner to Whitby. Beth Sanderson’s strike was on target, but was saved and deflected back into play for Jacqui Livera to score her first for Whitby.
The teams settled until Durham made a late comeback into the game. Increased pressure led to some skilful saves by Whitby keeper Charlotte Jackson.
With three minutes remaining, Durham scored a penalty flick, awarded after a short corner was deflected for what seemed to be a goal had it not been saved by Karen Sanderson above shoulder height.
A short corner was awarded to Whitby and Beth Sanderson’s strike from top circle got a deflection on it to see the ball disappear in the top left of the net for the winning goal.
Thanks to the two umpires.
Player of the Match: Jacqueline Livera
Whitby 2 Durham City 1