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UniBond Premier Division

21st November2009

Marine 2 1 Whitby Town
abandoned at half time

Attendance -

Team - Whitby Town: D Campbell, Lyth, Scott, Leeson, Burgess, Hanson, Dalton, Hackworth(c), A Campbell, Beadle, Hassan. Subs not used: Charlton, L Gildea, A Gildea, Jackson, Ormerod.

Report - Whitby suffered their second floodlight failure of the season. and again, it was after making one of their longest journeys.

It remains to be seen what would've happened if the remaining 45 minutes at Marine's Arriva Stadium could've been played, though if Town's defending hadn't improved, the Merseysiders could've followed Tottenham's example and headed toward double figures.

At the other end, Ged Dalton volleyed high over the crossbar from the edge of the box, but the hosts led on 14 minutes after a poor show from the Blues backline. An innocous driven left-wing cross was allowed to make it was way across the area to the grateful Steve Hussey who fired past Dave Campbell with the help of a useful late deflection off a Whitby player.

Dalton then poked weakly straight at Marine keeper Tim Dittmer, after appeals for handball against the nippy Blues marksman. Ashley Lyth came close for the Seasiders moments later when curling inches wide a loose ball through a stack of players from 20 yards.

The half hour mark saw the Mariners' Liam Rushton embark on a lung-busting run from his own half before powering a fierce effort from the edge of the area, narrowly past Campbell's right-hand post.

Five minutes later, it was 2-0, as the recalled Kev Burgess, in for the released Shaun Reay, was caught out of position, with neither Andy Leeson, nor Christian Hanson able to get to Liam Rushton. Rushton drew keeper Campbell before expertly forcing the veteran to dive at his feet, before chipping over the Blues' gloveman and sidefooting home.

The visitors started to put together some better football and deservedly pulled a goal back after a concerted period of pressure. More good work from Dalton down the right saw the ball played into skipper Tony Hackworth who laid off for Andy Campbell to drive past Dittmer from close range.

However, it could easily have been 3-1 right on the break when Leeson's error let in Peter Cumiskey, who luckily for the Seasiders' fluffed his lines and fired a tame low shot straight at the diving Dave Campbell.

Disconcertingly, Marine's head steward had been taking to the field every 15 minutes to speak to the referee and word finally arrived that the floodlights had fused. Despite the arrival of an electrician at half-time, one side of the ground would not light up, and play had to be abandoned.

The Seasiders, their officials and supporters adding another long trip to their already considerable season's mileage.