Weledji strikes late to seal Town a point

Whitby Town 1-1 Coalville. Report by Paul Connolly.
Whitby Town 1-1 Coalville. Report by Paul Connolly.

Whitby Town rescued a point in dramatic fashion through substitute Kieran Weledji, despite controversy against Coalville Town.

Rory Coleman converted from 12 yards, on eighty minutes, after full-back Kyle Bryant went down softly in the penalty area. Despite that, Weledji forced the ball in the 93rd minute to ensure a share of the spoils.

Chris Hardy made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 midweek, with Andrew May replacing Lee Bullock, while Matty Tymon returned from suspension to replace the injured David Carson

The opening half spawned a few chances for both sides, with set pieces causing problems for both sides.

It was the hosts who threatened first, through the prolific Dale Hopson. Whitby won a free-kick twenty yards from goal and curled a ball to the back post, though could only strike the crossbar.

Coalville, not to be outdone, found the crossbar too, just twenty minutes later.

The visitors won a soft free-kick, within striking range. Jack McMillan swung a ball into the box, which found the head of Dean Freeman, whose attempt found the woodwork.

The Seasiders looked to build intensity and attacked with intent, but it was Coalville who were gifted a perfect opportunity to open the scoring.

A routine pass from Marcus Marshall looked simple for Andrew May to deal with, however the slick pitch got the better of the young defender.

The loose ball was picked up by Malachi Lavelle-Moore, who rounded Shane Bland but couldn’t produce a finish.

Undeservedly, the visitors took the lead, 10 minutes from time.

Kyle Bryant broke into the Whitby box, before being felled in dubious fashion, to win a penalty. Substitute Rory Coleman stepped up and forced his spot-kick home, despite Bland guessing correctly.

Whitby's never-say-die attitude, however, shone through again.

A ball into the box caused problems for Coalville's defence, before substitute Weledji drove the ball home, to ensure a point.