Blues in shock trophy exit

Woodley Sports 3 Whitby Town 2 Whitby Town's FA Trophy interest ended at the second qualifying round stage on Saturday, despite leading at half-time and playing against 10 men for the final 15 minutes on Woodley's artificial turf.

Lee Nogan's men were unchanged from the side that eased past Grantham in the league last weekend.

The Blues struck first inside four minutes when top-scorer Danny Brunskill ran from deep and forced his way into the Woodley penalty area.

He cut along the touchline before firing low across goal for Dave McTiernan to appear at the far post and poke home from point blank range – a carbon copy of his strike seven days earlier.

Moments later, Tom Raw had a great chance to double Town's lead after seizing on Lee Wright's weak back header, but keeper Liam Higginbotham did well to block Raw's fierce drive from the edge of the box.

The Stockport side first showed on 15 minutes when former Manchester United youngster Luke Horrocks struck a ferocious 30-yard strike narrowly wide of Dave Campbell's goal.

Moments later, left-back Ashley Crank was lucky to escape a booking after a late challenge left McTiernan prostrate on the surface. Defender Aron Wilford then headed a right-wing corner narrowly wide as Whitby nearly extended their lead.

On 26 minutes, a loose ball found its way to Brunskill on the edge of the area and the Seasiders' leading marksman connected well with a 25-yard volley on the turn, but fired just over the crossbar.

Ex-Manchester City and Bury prospect Daniel Douglas-Pringle then threatened for the home side on 27 minutes running onto a through ball and lobbing Campbell from 18 yards, but the ball landed on the roof of the net, rather than inside it.

As it was, the sparse home contingent, outnumbered by the 40 or so travelling supporters, were soon able to celebrate properly, 10 minutes before the break.

Sergio-Daniel received the ball on the right edge of the box and drilled an angled drive through a ruck of players, including the unsighted Campbell, for 1-1.

Two minutes later at the other end, Mark Phillips was booked for sliding through the back of Raw and from the resulting free-kick, Danny Farthing headed against the post from close range, but the whistle had already gone for a foul.

Town continued to push forward, winning a free-kick against the left touchline level with the penalty area.

Midfielder Tom Claisse whipped over the perfect in-swinging cross, and with Wilford poised unmarked next to him, it was Brunskill who nodded home his 13th goal of the season a minute before half-time.

Ex-Rotherham midfielder Chris Curley fired well over Campbell's crossbar in the opening stages of the second half, before the home side grabbed a deserved equaliser on the hour. A neat move involving several players resulted in Sergio-Daniel slotting home comfortably from 12 yards for 2-2.

Three minutes later, pacey winger Adam Morning read the ball's bounce better than Farthing and surged forward but slid a low effort past Campbell, but wide of the keeper's left-hand post.

Whitby had already introduced Neil Wilkinson for Tom Reid in a straight swap at right-back, and moments later, Claisse made way for left-winger Richards.

The home side were firmly in the ascendancy, again using their searing pace on 66 minutes when Morning's low cross was slid home by Daniel Douglas-Pringle in similiar fashion to McTiernan's strike.

Whitby's second goalscorer then made way for midfielder James Drinkall as Nogan played his final card for the last 18 minutes. On 74 minutes, Raw flicked on for Brunskill to fire straight at Higginbotham from the edge of the area.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men as Crank executed a ridiculous challenge, going in two-footed on Ormerod.

Referee Mr Street had no hesitation in showing the former Stockport County man a straight red card for the foul on the halfway line.

Town nearly took advantage straight away when Higginbotham punched away a corner, only for another cross to come in and the unlucky Farthing to strike the woodwork for a second time, this time heading against the Woodley crossbar.

Fellow centre-half Wilford nodded over under pressure from the Sports defence on 82 minutes, before turning provider for Brunskill to head a great chance wide from 12 yards.

Brunskill drilled a speculative low drive straight at Higginbotham with two minutes remaining, and despite four minutes of injury time being added, Raw's half-volley over the bar from 20 yards proved Town's last shot on goal.

Whitby: Campbell, Reid (Wilkinson 63), Brumwell, Appleby, Farthing, Wilford, McTiernan (Drinkall 72), Claisse (Richards 65), Raw, Brunskill, Ormerod.

Subs not used: Norton, Nicholson.

Attendance: 80