WHITBY Wanderers all but secured seventh place in the Sunday League third division with a dominant performance against a team who were, but for a couple of bad results, pushing for a top two place and promotion.
Wanderers were missing a few regulars through holiday and illness but the makeshift XI took no time to show they meant business.
After 10 minutes, Simon Taylor fed Ian Rhucroft who slotted the ball past the keeper to take an early lead.
This lead didn’t last. The home side’s pressure told as stand-in keeper Nick Gurney failed to deal with a corner, allowing Adam Martin to tap the ball home to level the score on the half-hour.
Moments later, Andrew Marshall’s put the visitors back in front as his cross-cum-shot from 35 yards flew like a rocket and caught the keeper unawares, beating him at his near post.
The home side created more chances before the break, with Gurney making some fine saves from Scarborough Town forward Danny Collins in particular.
The hosts did level the scoreline for the second time as on the stroke of half-time, Joe Bayes beat his man on the left, cut in and finished well.
Wanderers regrouped at the break and it didn’t take long for the visitors to retake what would be an unassailable lead as Danny Wilson pounced on a goalkeeping mistake, beat a defender and smashed the ball left footed into the top corner of the net from inside the box.
That seemed to knock the wind out of the sails of the hosts as on the hour mark Simon Taylor beat his man down the left and finished well at the near post, and soon after Paul Waring went close after finding a half yard of space in the box only to shoot wide.
Wanderers scored again in the dying moments of the game, taking the spoils and rounding off a solid performance from the Whitby side.
Wanderers next take on league leaders Turks Head on Sunday, kick off at 10.30am on the Showfield.
Man of the match: Simon Taylor; match ball sponsor: Dunsley Hall; main sponsor: The Met Bar.
Victoria Reserves 2 Whitby Wanderers 5