Trophy defeat for Sleights Reserves

Sleights Reserves goalkeeper Dave Fish looks dejected after conceding a goal during his side's defeat to Sherburn
Sleights Reserves goalkeeper Dave Fish looks dejected after conceding a goal during his side's defeat to Sherburn

Sleights Reserves were beaten 2-1 at home in a closely-fought Frank White Trophy quarter-final with Sherburn.

The village outfit were the only local Saturday League side in action at the weekend as the latest round of fixtures were decimated by bad weather.

Sleights Reserves and Sherburn battle it out during their Frank White Trophy clash

Sleights Reserves and Sherburn battle it out during their Frank White Trophy clash

Sherburn took the lead late in the first half after a succession of corners culminated in a neat overhead kick from the edge of the penalty area by Harry Walmsley.

Sleights shot straight back however as Ryan Roe’s pin-point through-ball released the impressive Taylor Humble, who slid an angled shot between visiting keeper Jordan Lee and his right-hand post.

The hosts could have gone in ahead at the interval, too.

First, Mike Dent’s cross-cum-shot from the right was touched over as it dropped under the crossbar.

Taylor Humble, right, is congratulated after netting Sleights' equaliser

Taylor Humble, right, is congratulated after netting Sleights' equaliser

Then an inexplicable handball from Carl Sample in the box resulted in a spot-kick, but Spencer Hewison’s effort was superbly saved by Lee, diving low to his right.

The second half saw Sleights push on and substitute Jim Niel was unlucky to graze the bar with a powerful 20-yard effort after cutting in off the left.

Sherburn then netted the game’s decisive goal in the 70th minute, Jordan Wharton’s cross-cum-shot sailing up and over home keeper Dave Fish and landing inside the far post.

Goalscorer Humble was named as the Sleights man of the match.

Sherburn's Matty Whitehall climbs highest to win a header

Sherburn's Matty Whitehall climbs highest to win a header

More pictures by Brian Murfield in Friday’s Whitby Gazette.