UNBEATEN Whitby Fishermen’s travelled to second division league leaders Edgehill Reserves in the quarter final of the League Trophy, with Fisheremen’s hoping to progress to their fourth semi-final in all cup competitions.
Fishermen’s welcomed back ex-professional Steve Swales - who played for Reading before a spell with Whitby Town - to the centre of midfield in what was expected to be a physical encounter.
On a large open and expansive pitch, the Whitby side were again slow to start and it was Edgehill who got into their stride without ever really threatening the Fishermens goal.
Fishermen’s rode out this early bit of Edgehill pressure and opened the scoring when Mark Swales beat the offside trap and confidently slotted past the keeper.
Fishermen’s now took control of the game and were unlucky to only finish the half 1-0 up.
The second half saw Fishermen’s now well and truly in charge with skipper Scaife - last year’s Teesside League player of the year - and Swales totally dominant in the middle of midfield.
It wasn’t long before Fishermen’s increased their lead when Karl Storr picked out, with pinpoint accuracy, Paul Cleever at the back post who nodded home for 2-0.
Fishermen’s introduced two new faces, bringing on Chad Swales and Alex Wiggins.
It was the busy Wiggins who increaed Fishermen’s lead further when Edgehill failed to clear their lines, allowing him to latch onto the loose ball and fire home for the third.
This was a good solid performance from Fishermen’s who were rarely troubled by this Edgehill side and have kept their hopes alive of a quintet of trophies this year.
Edgehill Reserves 0 Whitby Fishermen’s 3