Whitby Town vs. Skelmersdale United

Whitby Town 1 - 0 Skelmersdale United
04 Feb 2017 - 15:00

Whitby Town returned to winning ways, with a first-ever home win over strugglers Skelmersdale United.

Chris Hardy made two changes to the side that fell to a 4-0 humbling the previous week, at Workington.

Dale Hopson dropped to the bench after illness, replaced by David McTiernan, whilst Andrew May returned from a hamstring injury, to replace Kieran Weledji.

The first half was very much one-way traffic, and Hardy’s side could have led, within five minutes.

Matty Tymon’s defence-splitting pass found David McTiernan in space, but he could only fire at the legs of Chris Cheetham, one-on-one.

Skelmersdale mustered a response, although it was a fairly muted one.

Striker Nathan Randell was found in space by Seb Bradshaw, but he could only fire over Shane Bland’s goal.

It was the Seasiders who looked better value though, and had another great chance to lead on the half hour mark.

Steven Snaith was found 18 yards from goal by McTiernan. He held the ball well and got a shot away after nipping into the penalty area, but saw his shot blocked on the line.

Two minutes later, Tymon had another chance to put the Blues ahead.

An incisive pass from David Carson found its way to the Blues frontman, via a dummy from Steven Snaith, but his curling effort was blocked by Callum Grogan.

It was then the turn of Luke Bythway to create danger for the basement boys.

Snaith’s quick free-kick found Bythway in space, who drove the middle of the fire and got a low shot away from 25 yards, which cannoned back off the upright and away from danger.

The Blues skipper Snaith was causing no end of problems for Skelmersdale, and couldn’t have handed Tymon a better chance, just two minutes later.

Danny McWilliams picked the stocky frontman out with a left-wing pass, before he drove into the box and found Tymon with his cross.

However, he couldn’t get his feet right and fluffed his lines from six yards, placing the ball into Cheetham’s hands, via a deflection.

It was becoming increasingly clear that it wasn’t to be Tymon’s afternoon.

Callum Martin was found in space from a cross-field ball, before picking out the striker from the right-hand side. Tymon could only volley over though, from close range.

The second period started in a similar vein to how the first ended.

Carson was picked out by McWilliams, before moving into the penalty area and forcing a save from Cheetham, with a powerful effort at his near post.

Hardy’s men continued to push the accelerator, creating chances and it paid off, ten minutes into the second period.

Carson was found in space by a through ball from Tymon, before finishing with aplomb, opposed only by Cheetham.

Skelmersdale, to their credit, continued to battle for what would have been a sacred point.

Jack Watts’ lofted free-kick was headed away, but high, by Mark Robinson. The ball found its way to Bradshaw, whose first time effort was palmed away by Bland, in what was his first real save of the afternoon.

Danger man Snaith, however, was determined to get on the scoresheet, though to no avail.

He brought down Martin’s cross in the area, before getting a low shot away, though Cheetham was equal to it.

Subsitute Kyle Fryatt then held the ball up well on the edge of the Skelmersdale United penalty area late on and found Snaith, but his shot to the near post posed little threat to the visitors.

WHITBY TOWN: Bland, Martin, McWilliams, May, Bythway, Robinson, Gell, McTiernan (Hopson ’69), Snaith (C), Tymon (Fryatt ’80), Carson. SUBS NOT USED: Hume, Weledji, Dixon (GK).

SKELMERSDALE UNITED: Cheetham, Glennon, Salters (Mason ’46), Jeffries, Grogan, Mooney (C), Watts, Bradshaw, Randell, Dabo, Shacklock. SUBS NOT USED: Vaughan-Muscat, Rooney.

ATTENDANCE: 219

WHITBY TOWN CO-OPERATIVE MAN OF THE MATCH: Andrew May – A composed return to the first team, slotting in comfortably to the back three and bringing more organisation to the side.