Whitby Wanderers came into Thursday night’s crucial game off the back of two defeats looking to regain momentum towards their promotion push.
However, The Alma started the game the brighter and opened the scoring on 15 minutes after a Wanderers player was dispossessed in defence, allowing striker Fishburn a run on goal where he drilled a fierce shot into the bottom corner.
The visitors rallied and on 25 minutes, Ian Rhucroft was unfortunate to have his crisp strike ruled out for a dubious offside.
The momentum had swung in favour of the Whitby side, though Alma looked dangerous on the counter.
Wanderers equalised on the half-hour mark through Lee Brennan, latching on to a through ball and placing his shot beyond the hosts’ stopper for 1-1.
After the break, Wanderers play some much better football from the outset, taking the lead almost immediately after a flowing move was finished by Brennan from a Dan Brown through ball from the right.
With the hosts rattled, it was Jericho Keys’ turn to get in on the action on 50 minutes, driving the ball from the edge of the box into the corner for 3-1.
Andrew Hardy then got his first goal of the season on the hour, making it 4-1 with the towering defender rising majestically to head home from a Jack Wilson corner.
The Alma still had a sting in their tail and crafted a chance for a cross where forward Blaker found a yard of space to tuck home from close range.
Wanderers’ player-manager Mark Jackson came on to lead the line and made a perfectly timed run to collect a pinpoint Brennan pass, firing a blistering left foot drive into the top corner of the net for 5-2.
Man of the match Brennan then sealed his hat-trick with a curling effort finding the top corner of the net. Wanderers face top-of-the-table Cayton Corinthians at home this Sunday.
Club sponsors: The Board Inn & Whitby RUFC
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