DAVE McTiernan’s strike and Matt Tymon’s third goal in four games helped Whitby Town finally pick up their first win of the season at Stocksbridge on Wednesday night.
Town also ended a run of three defeats at the South Yorkshire side’s Look Local Stadium.
Out of the blocks quickly, Tommy Cassidy’s men led inside 10 minutes when Tymon fired home.
The former Hartlepool striker then missed a great chance, with strike partner Andy Campbell also off-target from point blank range after a free-kick was blown onto the crossbar in heavy winds.
A succession of saves prevented both Tymon and McTiernan before the latter scored a vital goal seven minutes before half-time after a great cross from Callum Martin.
It was the first time the Blues had been two goals up this term, with Campbell even having a chance to make it three at the break, but again found keeper Ben Scott in great form.
The gloveman denied Tymon again early in the second half, before the visitors piled on the pressure with a succession of corners.
But Scott’s opposite number Dave Campbell proved himself more than capable as the Seasiders hung on.
Town’s longest-serving keeper said afterwards: “We went out and played probably our best football for a long time, we have a young team and it’s all about confidence.
“Everyone was looking for the ball, everyone was making angles and it just went on from there.”
Manager Tommy Cassidy added: “Getting the first win under your belt is fantastic, it’s a deserved win, but relieved is the right word.
“Tonight I just said go out there express yourself and play some football.
“I didn’t go on about their team - we just had a basic warm-up before the game, that’s all.”
Cassidy even thought the margin of victory could have been heavier.
“Playing well, we could’ve been four up at half-time, then we battled in the second half and that’s got us the win.
“There were times in other games we’ve outplayed teams, but tonight it was more sustained.”
Although he was pleased by his whole team’s efforts, the Ulsterman picked out two players in particular for praise.
“I thought Andy Leeson did very well indeed - he did his job and I thought Dave McTiernan did well.
“Overall it was a good performance.”
Whitby Town: D Campbell, Lyth (Faichney 85), White, Hassan, Leeson, Williams, Martin, McTiernan (Hodgson 74), Tymon, A Campbell, Robinson (c). Subs not used: McDermid, Blackford, Courtney (GK).
Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 Whitby Town 2