Whitby Town came from behind to win the Mickey Skinner Trophy on Tuesday night in their first run-out of pre-season.
Ex-Blue Nathan Mulligan put opponents Guisborough ahead after 30 seconds but Ste Snaith levelled for Whitby before winning the penalty for striker Craig Farrell to fire home.
Whitby’s deputy manager Dave Campbell was pleased with how things went, using the game as an opportunity to test out triallists, with different sides in each half.
“It was a good run-out and we’ve blown a few cobwebs away,” he said.
“Pre-season is just about getting the lads fit and a chance to look at others, and if we get a win as well, that’s a bonus.
“If we had lost we would not have been too disappointed but the win will give the lads some confidence.”
Whitby could not have made a worse start to Tuesday night’s game, losing possession of the ball and allowing the Priorymen to go up the other end and score. To add insult to injury, it was Mulligan – who wore a blue jersey last season– who netted with just half a minute on the clock.
“It was an awful goal but you have to allow for those sorts of things the first game back,” said Campbell. “When Mullers scored, I thought it was going to be one of those games.”
Whitby turned the game around in the second half, with Snaith making a difference.
“Steve looked sharp when he came on, scoring the first goal and was fouled for a penalty for the second,” he said.
The Blues travel to Dunston UTS on Saturday (July 19) before Tuesday night’s friendly at home to Scottish Premiership new boys Hamilton Academical. Campbell is hoping that playing a side who will be in the same league as Celtic will be an added draw and attract a few more people through the turnstyles.
Tuesday’s game kicks off at 7.30pm.
Hamilton players to watch out for
* Jason Scotland: 35-year-old Trinidadian striker who has played Premier League football for Swansea and Wigan and also appeared in the 2006 World Cup for his country.
* Mickael Antoine-Curier: much-travelled striker (31) who has played for a host of clubs in England, Scotland, Norway and Cyprus and at international level, has played for Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
* Danny Redmond: another ex-Wigan player, the 23-year-old midfielder has just signed a new two-year contract with the Accies and was formerly on Everton’s books.
* Michael McGovern: 30-year-old keeper capped once by Northern Ireland and helped Ross County to the 2010 Scottish Cup final, where they lost to Dundee United. Started career at Celtic.