The Seasiders grabbed a great point, on their travels, at promotion-chasing Shaw Lane, on Saturday.
Chris Hardy made two changes after the capitulation last week against Lancaster City. Full-backs Kieran Weledji and Dan McWilliams both returned from injury as Cameron Salkeld and Andrew May dropped to the bench.
A flat first half saw Matty Tymon denied a strong penalty claim after a Kelvin Lugsden elbow, followed by a handball claim, both wabed away by the referee.
Town emerged purposefully for the second period and clipped the outside of the keeper’s left-hand post through Lewis Maloney, from distance. At the other end, Ryan Whitley saved well, at full stretch, to his right, from Damien Reeves.
Whitby could’ve won it through Andy Monkhouse’s late header, late on, in a dramatic finish. It was a hugely improved display, full of hard work and organisation. Town may well have been motivated by a feeling of injustice following a 3-0 defeat, at the Turnbull, earlier in the season, where Adam Gell was sent off inside two minutes. Skipper Steven Snaith also saw red in the FA Trophy, at Lane’s old base at Barnsley Rugby Club, last year. This was a similarly hard-fought encounter with several cautions issued.
Whitby Town: Whitley, Weledji, McWilliams, Bythway, Burgess, Monkhouse, Snaith (c), Fairley, Tymon (Patton 89), Maloney (Fryatt 78), Mondal. Subs not used: Salkeld, Poole, Hume.