Team - Courtney, Leeson, White, I Hassan, Burgess, Hawkins (sub – Hodgson 52 mins), Martin, McTiernan, Tymon, C Hassan (sub – Faichney 62 mins), Robinson
Subs not used: Williams, Marron, D Campbell
by Andy Baxter
A game billed as a six pointer for both sides, particularly for Whitby Town, still looking for their first home league win of the season. But it was Worksop who took a very early lead on 6 minutes when a tame looking effort from 25 yards out by Ash Burbeary, appeared to skid off the wet surface and beat the diving Whitby keeper Courtney, who many home supporters thought should have done better.
Whitby pushed forward in search of a reply but lots of their passing was wayward and as with so many of their recent performances, they lacked threat near goal, with the Worksop defence easily being able to tidy up any moves around the area. But Whitby did raise the home supporters when Ibby Hassan played a neat one two with Dave McTiernan and just as he was about to unleash his shot at goal, he was thwarted by a superb block tackle from Luke Shiels.
Minutes later from the edge of the visitor’s box, Matty Tymon hit a shot inches over the bar and the beaten Worksop shot stopper, Jon Worsnop.
But the visitors looked much more comfortable on the ball and were rewarded with their 2nd goal on 37 minutes following half a dozen passes which ended with the impressive Jamie Jackson stretching out for a shot low into the bottom right corner of the Whitby net.
Whitby failed to re-group quickly enough and were further punished 4 minutes later when Steve Gardner picked up a pass at the edge of the area and calmly placed his side foot effort past Courtney for a deserved 3-0 lead.
Whitby made an early second half substitution, taking off Lewis Hawkins and replacing him with Sam Hodgson, but it was Worksop who again could have further capitalised on their lead on 55 minutes when the ever dangerous looking Jamie Jackson again slipped past his marker, Hassan, and squared the ball towards 3 team mates, only for Whitby’s captain, Mark Robinson to make a saving clearance. Whitby were mostly on the back foot but with 62 minutes gone, they clawed a goal back when David McTiernan struck a shot into the bottom right hand corner.
However, before the crowd could digest that Whitby had got the goal back, the visitors regained their 3 goal advantage when once again, Worksop’s Man of the Match, Jamie Jackson, turned inside his marker and drilled a low shot inside the near post for his second and Worksop’s 4th goal of the game.
Worksop then made 3 fairly quick substitutions with Burbeary, McDonald and Sharry being replaced by Duncum, Davidson and Fox and although the visitors continued to look the better side, Whitby scored their second goal from a deep corner in the 79th minute, which found the unmarked McTiernan at the back of the area, he drove his shot goalward, only to see it bounce off the post and be scrambled into the back of the net by the incoming Matty Tymon.
With 5 minutes left, Worksop striker Jackson again battled his way through and just as he was about to despatch the ball at goal, his effort was smothered at his feet by the outcoming Whitby keeper, Courtney.
The game ended surprisingly after what was nearly 6 minutes of time added on by the referee, a deep cross from Whitby’s Callum Martin towards Kevin Burgess in the Worksop area, saw both Burgess and keeper Worsnop fall to the ground. After a small confrontation between the 2 players, the referee consulted his assistant and awarded Whitby a penalty (after booking Worsnop) for what was deemed him pulling down on Burgess. The resultant penalty kick was converted by Robinson although Worsnop was unlucky in that he got a hand to it and pushed it in off the post.
In the end, the visitors took the spoils in a game that, to be fair, ended with a scoreline which somewhat flattered Whitby who were less than impressive on the night.
After the game, the Whitby Town Manager, Tommy Cassidy, said “we scored 3 goals at home and still ended up losing and that means there is something seriously wrong. The first half we were appalling and we seem to be giving goals away lately at the back for fun. You can’t win matches when we defend like we are doing and my team need to realise that the game is for 90 minutes, not 10 minute patches here and there”