Mickleover Sports vs. Whitby Town

Mickleover Sports 0 - 1 Whitby Town
11 Apr 2017 - 19:45Don Amott Arena, Station Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 9FB
Another goal from Dale Hopson in the dying seconds ensured that Whitby Town snatched three points from Mickleover Sports, on Tuesday.
 
Chris Hardy was forced into a solitary change from the 2-0 win over Corby Town, with Kieran Weledji replacing the injured Luke Bythway.
 
A lacklustre first-half from Hardy’s men saw Mickleover looking the more likely to gain the initiative, however, Hardy’s side went closest first.
 
A good Whitby passage of play saw Mikey Roberts break through, but his weak effort was saved at his feet.
 
The hosts looked more comfortable in possession and could have led on a number of occasions.
 
Connor Hall caused problems for the most part, and forced a good save from Bland, one-on-one, before Tyler Blake fluffed his lines to convert the rebound.
 
It was Ben Turner who created the best chance for the hosts, however.
 
Hall’s effort was parried, giving the full-back the chance to convert from inside the penalty area, though he could only blaze over the bar with a clear sight on goal.
 
On 37 minutes, Callum Martin could have swung the advantage in Whitby’s favour.
 
Matty Tymon created a shot from nothing, 25 yards from goal, forcing Nick Draper into an awkward save. Martin followed in from the rebound, but could only fire across goal and wide.
 
If anyone looked more likely to score, it was the impressive hosts, with more of the same being the order of their half-time team talk.
 
Hall looked to cause Bland more worries, fashioning a chance from twenty yards, which flew narrowly over the crossbar.
 
The pressure continued and the Seasiders struggled to clear their lines, but eventually managed to thanks to Lee Bullock, when Lewis Belgrave’s shot from range was parried by Bland
 
A game-changing moment was needed, and came on 71 minutes, when Medi Abalimba saw red for an altercation with Tymon on the half way line.
 
The tide turned and Whitby looked more positive, though couldn’t find a breakthrough.
 
Anthony Bell’s unopposed lung-bursting run gave him a site of goal, shortly after the red card, but Draper was equal to his low drive.
 
The deadlock was broken, however, in almost typical Whitby fashion, in the late stages of the game.
 
Weledji, adopting an unfamiliar right-wing position, broke into the box and was felled, leading to a spot-kick.
 
Dale Hopson stepped up, and calmly dispatched the ball into the bottom-left hand corner, to ensure all three points.
 
Mickleover Sports: Draper, Grocott, Turner, McGrath, Mills, Burgin (c), Dales, Abalimba, Hall, Blake, Belgrave (Scott ’68). Subs not used: Cole, Morrison, Ricketts, King.
 
Whitby Town: Bland, Martin, Bell, May, Bullock, Gell, Snaith (c), Hopson (Fryatt ’90+4), Roberts (Hume ’81), Tymon, Weledji. Subs not used: Poole, Robinson, Dixon (GK).
 
Attendance: 185
 
Whitby Town star man: Keiran Weledji – An impressive performance in an unfamiliar right-wing position from the centre-half, winning the decisive last minute penalty.