Whitby take point off champions

Emily Webster of Whitby on the ball (right)'picture: Brian Murfield
Emily Webster of Whitby on the ball (right)'picture: Brian Murfield
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Whitby had a tough home game on Saturday against Durham Clubs League second division winners Richmond.

Whitby knew they had to play to the best of their ability against a strong team.

Whitby's Nicola Kent on the run'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby's Nicola Kent on the run'picture: Brian Murfield

Play started furiously with Whitby having quite a lot of possession but they were unable to penetrate their own circle. Richmond had a very organised skilful attacking line and made several punishing runs at midfield and Whitby defence.

Jacqueline Livera, Jess Hogarth and Zara Noble had plenty of work to do and were outstanding in their clearances and defensive play.

Whitby had some good opportunities from midfield from Beth Sanderson and Nikki Gill, who were doing their best to get the ball to the forwards. Unfortunately Whitby were unable to convert into goals. A short corner was awarded just before half-time and Beth Sanderson fired an unstoppable ball which the Richmond keeper never saw coming.

At half-time, Whitby knew they had to keep the pressure on and that Richmond would come back fighting.

Whitby players face a penalty kick'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby players face a penalty kick'picture: Brian Murfield

They were not wrong – several well worked set pieces got past the midfield and into the Whitby defence – Kirsty Dixon made some exceptional saves which kept the score at 1-0.

Nicola Kent held the forwards together and Emily Webster was unfortunate not to make the score 2-0.

A precise three-man passing routine saw Richmond get the ball in the circle to score their first goal.

Both teams were glad to hear the final whistle as a very hard battle had taken part.

The score of 1-1 has given Whitby two points in this league. Players of the match: Kirsty Dixon and Zara Noble.