Leon Scott’s leveller in first-half injury time ensured that Whitby Town shared a point with Lancaster City on Saturday afternoon.
Matthew Blinkhorn opened the scoring for the visitors on 42 minutes with a header over Jack Norton, before Scott curled home from 25 yards to equalise.
The Seasiders looked to push from the early stages of the game, and threatened on ten minutes. Dale Hopson’s ball through fell to Callum Patton, though the forward could only put the ball over the crossbar against the onrushing Jack Sims, shortly after Thomas Kilifin dragged wide inside the area for the visitors.
And on 22 minutes, Whitby thought they had the lead. Kieran Weledji broke into the area from the right-hand side and played a low cross to the near post. Patton turned the ball home neatly, though the flag was up to chalk the strike off.
Play hit a lull, with neither sides managing the conditions effectively, though just minutes before half-time the visitors found a breakthrough. Charlie Bailey’s corner found the head of Blinkhorn, who got round Daniel Rowe and headed over Norton into the bottom corner.
However, Whitby were determined to not go into the break a goal behind, and found a leveller in added time. Leon Scott picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, curling a deflected effort into the top corner for his second goal in as many games.
Where the first half was a tight affair with neither side really offering much in the way of a goal threat, the second proved to be much more open.
It was the Dolly Blues who threatened first, with Norton producing an excellent reactions save to tip Robert Wilson’s long-range free-kick over the crossbar, before Alex White was forced to clear off the line from Kilifin’s low effort. The ref, however, had adjudged that the defender was fouled.
The Seasiders had a chance to get their noses in front with just over twenty minutes remaining. Patton played into the advancing Kieran Weledji on the right. The full-back, however, could only strike against Sims with his attempt.
The game was opening up into an end-to-end affair, and a minute later Blinkhorn almost added to his tally. His twisting and turning game him the chance to get a shot off. Norton, however, got down well to stop it.
The Whtiby gloveman was called into action again with five minutes remaining, being forced to claw substitute Ryan Windir’s cross out of the top corner, forcing it wide for a corner and ensuring Whitby walked away with a point for their efforts.
Whitby Town: Norton, Weledji, Smith, Gell, Rowe, White, Scott, Hopson (C), Coffey (Tymon ’78), Patton, Rutherford. Subs not used: McWilliams, McTiernan, Bullock, McHugh (GK).
Yellow cards: Rowe, White
Lancaster City: Sims, Henry (Fensome ’87), Jarvis, Wills (C), Steel, Dugdale, Bailey (Windir ’69), Dawson, Blinkhorn, Wilson (White ’60), Kilifin. Subs not used: Jordan, Russell.
Yellow cards: Wills
Whitby Town MotM: Adam Gell – A composed showing from the central midfielder who had plenty of bite in his play. Won his battles and worked the ball well in possession.
Highlights from the game will be available on Monday afternoon, via the club’s official YouTube channel.