Last-minute drama helped Whitby Town bounce back from their FA Cup reverse at Penistone Church in fashion, on Tuesday, with a deserved 3-2 win over Ashton United.
The Blues didn’t have things all their own way, though, going behind in the early stages in what looked to be a hangover from Saturday’s shock cup exit. Liam Tomsett was found in space in the Whitby area by John Pritchard’s cross, before driving the ball between two defenders and into the roof of the net, Shane Bland with little chance of stopping it. Town rallied, though, and formed a perfect reaction, Kieran Weledji equalising ahead of the break.
Dan McWilliams’ deep right-sided free-kick saw the Robins’ goalkeeper sell himself short, before looping onto the head of Weledji, who rose highest to head in his third in five games. Whitby had found their stride and led just ahead of the seventy minute mark, Callum Martin’s right-wing cross finding the head of Matty Tymon, who headed across goal and into Ashley Frith’s top corner. The visitors, one of this season’s play-off contenders, then equalised with John Pritchard’s 25-yard drive, which deflected off the outstretched leg of Niall McGoldrick, wrong-footing Bland.
A draw would have been harsh on the Blues, but more last minute drama ensued to see their advantage restored. Referee Christopher Ellis saw a push on substitute David Carson, with Carson himself stepping up in the 94th minute to stroke home from the penalty spot, sending Frith the wrong way.
Whitby Town: Bland, Martin McWilliams, Bythway, McGoldrick, May, Monkhouse, Snaith (c), Weledji, Tymon (Carson ’85), Gell. Subs not used: Roberts, Dixon (GK), Fryatt, Hume.
Ashton United: Frith, Woodford, Pritchard, Chalmers, Granite, Platt, Lees (c), Tomsett, Dyche, Chadwick (Roberts ’75), Johnson (Durnin ’63). Subs not ued: Smith, Banim.