WHITBY Fishermen’s returned to league action with a home game against Scalby Reserves - their first at Lythe sportsfield since last September.
With torrential rain during the night and Saturday morning, some local games were called off, but the Lythe pitch was in fine condition.
Fishermens made three changes to the previous week with Swales, Scales and Wilson unavailable. The imposing figure of Leeman made his debut in goal with Goldsmith and Wiggins in the starting line-up.
Fishermen’s again started slowly and seemed a bit out of sorts in all areas for the first 15 minutes. They got the opener though when Steve Swales fired home from just inside the area after a goalmouth scramble and soon after, goals were added by Hart and Wiggins.
Leeman was having a quiet game between the Fishermen’s sticks but was called upon on 30 minutes when with all the agility of a cat, he tipped the ball at full stretch round the post from a stinging drive by the Scalby forward.
Fishermen’s added two more before the break - one from Storr and the goal of the game from Goldsmith, cutting in from the left and lashing the ball home to go in 5-0 up at half-time.
Fishermen’s introduced Winspear, Chad Swales and Dylan Goldsmith early in second half and pressed Scalby for more goals, scoring a further three through Chad Swales, C Goldsmith and a second for Wiggins.
All credit to Scalby who battled on and refused to give up. They were rewarded late on when they got a consolation through a fine headed goal from a free-kick, leaving Leeman no chance.
A comfortable win for Fishermen’s but they will have to up the tempo for stiffer competition in the coming weeks.
Whitby Fishermen’s 8 Scalby Reserves 1