Cup final woe for Whitby side Fishermen’s

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Fishermen’s boss Mark Storr was unimpressed by his side’s defeat in the final of the Coastal Shellfish League Cup on Wednesday night.

The Whitby side held their own for half an hour and hit a post with their first real chance – but Saturday League champions Newlands Park showed their class to emerge comfortable winners.

Speaking to the Gazette after the game, played at Pickering Town’s ground, Storr said: “We didn’t help ourselves.

“We knew they had played a lot of games and the plan was to hit them quick from the start.

“But we were slow, second to everything and it went on from there. Credit to Newlands though, they are a good side and played well.”

Sean Exley and Daniel Freer smashed in two goals apiece as Newlands Park eased to victory. Whitby’s Paul Cull was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening 30 minutes, pulling off some fine stops as Newlands had the better of the first half.

Exley was denied twice by Cull early on, while Jonny Manson had a volley blocked by Cull and Freer also fired high and wide.

Against the run of play, the Whitby side almost took the lead when a great piece of play from the dangerous Sam Bailey saw him take advantage of a rare slip in the Newlands defence when skipper Nick Beal hesitated on the ball, Bailey taking the ball off his toe and hitting the base of the post from an acute angle.

Less than a minute later Cull made two outstanding saves to deny Danny Jenkinson.

Two minutes later the title-chasers earned a free-kick just outside the Fisherman’s penalty box and Exley stepped up to curl his low shot expertly around the wall and to the left of Cull to give the Scarborough team the lead.

Dan Brown had a powerful shot saved by Newlands keeper Callum Myers on the half-hour mark, but four minutes before the break a mistake on the edge of the Fisherman’s penalty area allowed Chris Dove to swoop in and slot a low shot beyond the grasp of Cull.

Things got worse for the Whitby side five minutes into the second half when Jenkinson broke free of his marker on the right and sent in a superb cross for Exley to nod home and a few minutes later the win was sealed with a powerful finish from rising star Freer.

Cull made yet another fine stop to keep out a thunderous Exley free-kick on the hour mark, but he could nothing to stop a Freer header, set up by the irrepressible Exley, in the 78th minute as Newlands completed the scoring.

The Whitby side’s only chances of any note in the second half were a header from Ian Smith, but the centre-back put his header high and wide, while sub Dan Winspear’s shot hit a post.

Exley was the winner of the Steve Coulson man of the match award.

Whitby Fisherman’s Society: Cull, M Ross, I Smith, Kelly (capt) (Ogden 60), Goldsmith (Winspear 58), Brown, Braithwaite, Swales, Tose (S Ross 51 mins), Bailey, Hart. Subs not used: D Smith, Heselton.

Newlands Park 5 Whitby Fishermen’s Society 0