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Whitby Town
Frickley Athletic
Mon 6 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Full time Attendance 263

Whitby Town 1-1 Frickley Athletic

Gavin Allott rescued a point for the Blues with a 77th minute equaliser after Whitby had taken the lead ten minutes earlier through Lee Mason.

Without the injured Matty Bloor and Jake Stannard as well as the absent Danny South manager Karl Rose opted to move Macaulay Parkinson to right full-back with Gavin Allott filling in in midfield and Chris Salt coming in up front alongside Reece Thompson.

The formation had a disjointed look to it and it proved so in the early stages with Matthew Waters twice breaching the home defence but dragging his shot across the face of goal on both occasions.

Out of nowhere the Blues had a great chance to take the lead on 25 minutes when Whitby centre half Richard Pell failed to cut out a routine through ball, leaving Thompson to run clear, just getting to the ball before the advancing Shane Bland, but his prodded shot from 20 yards rolled agonisingly wide of the right hand post.

Whitby Town v Frickley Athletic - 06/04/15
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James Brown made poor contact with the ball 8 yards out in front of goal on 32 minutes allowing Ben Simpson an easy save in the Frickley goal and the Blues responded with Brad Dockerty beating a defender 25 yards out before having his low shot saved by Bland.

The Blues had a let off on the stroke of half time when Brown turned and shot just wide from 10 yards.

The start of the second half saw the Blues commit themselves forwards more with James Kay sending Thompson away down the left for him to cut inside before curling an angled shot wide of the far post on 51 minutes.

Thompson had two more chances in the next two minutes, heading narrowly over following a good run and cross from the right by Luke Hornsey and then having another great chance when finding himself clean through on goal but he lobbed the ball harmlessly wide of the right hand post.

Whitby took the lead on 67th minute when substitute Dave McTiernan sent Lee Mason sprinting clear and he made no mistake, lifting the ball over Simpson from 20 yards.

This prompted Rose to replace Salt with Joe Davies with Allott moving up front. Within minutes Allott had an 18 yard shot pushed behind by Bland and from the resulting corner the Blues equalised on 77 minutes. Allott picked up the ball on the right of the box as Whitby attempted to clear, before turning his marker and steering a low left footed shot just inside the far post.

The Blues were looking a more balanced side now but Whitby came close to snatching a winner in the 84th minute but Steven Snaith headed just over the bar following a cross from the right.

The last few minutes were all Frickley as Dockerty saw his low 20 yard shot collected by Bland at the second attempt whilst Parkinson sent over a great cross from the right which Allott met first time 15 yards out but his strong shot flew inches wide of the near post.

Whitby Town : Shane Bland, Ibrahim Hassan, Mark Robinson, Kevin Burgess, Richard Pell, Lee Bullock, Lee Mason (Steve Snaith 77 mins), Dale Hopson, Matthew Waters, James Brown (Steven Snaith 77 mins), Liam Shephard (David McTiernan 62 mins). Unused subs. Charlie Raby, Darren Williams.

Frickley Athletic : Ben Simpson, Macaulay Parkinson, James Kay, Luke Hornsey, John Cyrus, Jameel Ible, Brad Riley, Chris Salt (Joe Davies 72 mins), Reece Thompson, Gavin Allott, Brad Dockerty. Unused subs. Luke Jeffs, Sam Cable, Lee Stratford, Sam Leigh.

Referee : Helen Conley

Attendance : 263

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