(By Tony Shaw)
Whitby Town 1-1 Mickleover Sports
Whitby: Bland, Martin, McWilliams, Weledji, Bythway, May, Gell, Hopson, Roberts Mctiernan 77), Tymon, Snaith. Other Subs Round, Dawson, Robinson, Park
Sports: Tolley, Bennett, Turner, McGrath, Mills, Burgin, Dales, Broadhead, Baskerville (Litchfield 67), Grocott, Schofield. Other Subs Lansdowne, Sims
Sports set off for Whitby with loanee Laurence Bilboe set to keep goal but a call From Rotherham United who needed him for the First Team meant Sports had to call up Jack Tolley from the Reserve team. Tilley arrived at the ground with half an hour to spare and made his mark with a string of fine saves as Sports brought back a point from unbeaten Whitby.
Both teams took time to settle and it was the home side who threatened first with Adam Gell forcing a good save from Tolley in the 6th minute. A deep free kick forced Tolley to push away from under the bar. Sports were playing some neat football and a good run from Andy Dales saw him brought down 20 yards out. John McGrath took the free kick but Shane Bland moved across to save comfortably. Adam Baskerville was also brought down on the edge of the penalty area but Mcgrath fired over the bar.
After reaching half time safely, Sports came out slowly and conceded a goal on 49 minutes. A good run and cross from Danny McWilliams was met by Matthew Tymon whose low volley flew past Tolley from 15 yards. Sports were now under pressure but hit back in the 56th minute when Adam Baskerville was denied a run by the hand of Luke Bythway and he put away the penalty into the bottom corner, sending Bland the wrong way.
Whitby went close on 60 minutes when Callum Martin laid the ball off for StevenSnaith but his firmly-hit shot was tipped away by the diving Tolley. The ball bounced out to Tymon and his powerful shot was headed off the line by Jake Bennett. From the corner a chip from Dale Hopson just cleared the bar.
Sports had the chance to take the lead on 71 minutes when substitute Brodie Litchfield was put through by Dales but his finish was too close to Bland. Tolley than saved well from Roberts as he dived at the forward’s feet.
Sports became the first team to take a point at Whitby this season as they held on well.