Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Blues defeated by clinical Hyde United

Chris Hardy had outlined the dangers of Hyde United prior to the meeting with the Manchester side Ewen Fields this afternoon.

The Blues’ manager described them as a “well organised” side who are “dangerous at set-pieces”, something which proved to be the case as the hosts ran out 3-0 winners.

A brace from Tom Pratt, and a header from John McCombe ensured that Whitby would come back to Yorkshire empty handed on a disappointing afternoon.

Despite a bright start from the Seasiders, Hyde showed why they are currently challenging for a play-off position, capitalising on an error in midfield which gave the home side the chance to get themselves ahead.

Jack Norton initially made a fantastic save to deny Pratt, however he was unable to keep out the rebound which was taken well in acrobatic style by the young striker.

Pratt would cause more problems as the half progressed, going for the spectacular again on 26 minutes as his overhead kick flew just past Norton’s left-hand post from six yards.

And just ten minutes later, the attacker was troubling the Blues’ backline again, the Seasiders’ gloveman saving well but fearing a repeat of the opener as the ball came back out to the initial striker.

Right on half-time, Town were given another scare as John McCombe rose highest at a corner, eventually heading just wide from a corner.

It looked as if Chris Hardy said some strong words at half-time, as Whitby began brightly, the first chance surprisingly falling to Alex White, who assisted two last weekend.

The centre-back charged forwards from defence before laying the ball off to Hopson who then dinked it back over to him as he unleashed an overhead shot from 12 yards.

On the hour mark, and following some more decent play from the home side, the first notable chance for them fell to the impressive, Paddy Lane, who flicked a corner ball onto the bar.

Just as Whitby hoped that they would be able to get themselves on level terms, they suffered a huge sucker-punch when the Tigers doubled their lead.

The Blues has previously been warned about the danger of Hyde in set-piece situations and were undone by one as John McCombe headed home at the back post after 73 minutes.

With Whitby looking dejected and devoid of ideas, the hosts capitalised with three minutes of normal time remaining; Olarewaju’s header looping into the net via a touch from Jack Norton.

The result ultimately reflected Whitby’s season with inconsistency yet again proving an issue ahead of Basford United’s visit to the Turnbull Ground next Saturday.

Hyde United: Crook, Smalley, Brownhill, Daly, McCombe, Fagbola (c), Olarewaju (James 67), Lipka, Pratt, Platt, Lane (O’Connor 85)                                                                                                                                                                                                  subs not used: Haydock, Longato, McConville                                                                                                                           Yellow Cards: Smalley (70), McCombe (90+3)

Whitby Town: Norton, Smith (Patton 75), McWilliams, Weledji (Sukar 90), Rowe, White, Gell, Scott (Tymon 75), Rutherford, Coffey, Hopson (c)                                                                                                                                                                         subs not used: McTiernan, McHugh                                                                                                                                            Yellow Cards: White (44), Coffey (52)

Referee: Anthony Parkinson

Attendance: 351