Stourbridge vs. Whitby Town

Stourbridge 1 - 1 Whitby Town
23 Dec 2017 - 15:00War Memorial Athletic Ground, High St, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HN

Ten-man Blues scrapped their way to their first-ever point down in Stourbridge.

It was the Seasiders’ longest trip of the season, made just two days before Christmas.

Chris Hardy gave a first start to Lewis Maloney after his permanent signing from Guisborough Town, as on-loan youngster Cameron Salkeld dropped to the bench.

A long trip was made worse by the Blues being stuck in traffic after an accident on the M42 meaning the match was delayed an hour to 4pm.

When it did get underway, Town equipped themselves well, defending stoutly with John Campbell coming close at the other end. Unfortunately, Luke Bythway was penalised for a foul in the box, on the hour and Leon Broadhurst put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot.

Hardy introduced Kieran Weledji from the bench and the versatile youngster went up front to great effect. By then, Bythway had got his marching orders after picking up a second yellow considered harsh by most. However, Weledji wasn’t to be denied, throwing off his marker before smashing home a leveller, ten minutes from time.