Marine 0-3 Whitby Town
Mariners succumb to Seasiders at Marine Travel Arena...
Whitby Town ran out comfortable winners at a balmy Marine Travel Arena in Marine's final home league game of the season. The Mariners brought in Liam Tongue to replace the suspended Tom Field, whilst the visitors who, like the Whites, had played on Thursday evening made five changes to their line-up.
A very quiet opening to the game greeted the above-average MTA support on a warm Spring afternoon, but it was the Seasiders who could and perhaps should have taken a 15th minute lead. Fryatt hooked the ball across goal from the byline and Mondal found himself free between two defenders but somehow steered his sidefooted volley over the bar from all of six yards out.
Martin Fearon continued his fine recent form with two smart saves in quick succession midway through the half, firstly parrying Mondal's daisy-cutter low to his left before tipping Maloney's volley from 10 yards over the College Road crossbar.
The Mariners created their first real chance of note just before the half-hour mark as a ball played in from the right towards Dominic Reid fell to James Murray, but the diminutive dasher blazed his volleyed effort high and wide of goal.
Reid then advanced into the Whitby area but saw his effort from an acute angle blocked by a recovering Blues' defender, before Adam Hughes did well to block similarly from Hume's shot on the angle at the other end, Hume heading a couple of yards wide of target from the resulting corner.
However the Seasiders had enjoyed the better of the opening period and it came as no great surprise when they broke the deadlock two minutes before the break, a low Maloney cross to the near post receiving a neat touch from Patton to guide the ball past Fearon.
The second half proved disjointed for the most part in the Crosby sunshine, Michael Brewster's speculative shot sailing high into the Main Stand shortly after the restart.
Josh Amis then sent a ball over the top of the Town defence for Reid to latch onto, but under pressure from a blue-shirted defender the striker could only lift the shot over the bar, suffering an injury in the process and immediately being replaced by George Donnelly.
Goalscoring opportunities remained few and far between as the Mariners looked particularly fatigued following their recent exertions, the visitors appearing somewhat fresher and largely in control of proceedings.
The Blues extended their lead in brililant fashion with just over ten minutes remaining, a ball forward reaching Patton who sent a first-time right-footed strike from 25 yards arcing beyond Fearon's despairing dive and into the top corner.
Whitby came close to a third two minutes from time as Maloney sought to follow Patton's example, Fearon producing a flyng parry to his right to deny the midfielder's long-range effort.
The Whites did create a chance to reduce their arrears as the game entered added time, Peter Wylie's deep cross from the right flank finding Donnelly eight yards out but Whitby custodian Norton blocked this particular attack with a fine reaction stop from Donnelly's header.
The Seasiders rubbed salt into the wound as they promptly countered and Patton played Mondal in behind the Marine defence, Mondal's cross-shot being touched over the line by Hume from close-range as the Mariners' recent revival ended rather abruptly.
The Mariners face a tough assignment at champions Altrincham on Tuesday evening with a 7:45pm kick-off at Moss Lane, before returning to the MTA on Thursday evening to host the Liverpool Senior Cup Final against Prescot Cables, kick-off again at 7:45pm.
Marine: Martin Fearon, Peter Wylie, James Short, Adam Hughes, Kenny Strickland, Billy Smart (c) (Tony Donaldson 73), Michael Brewster (Phil Baker 61), Dominic Reid (George Donnelly 50), Josh Amis, James Murray.
Unused subs: Niall Watson, Germano Mendes. Cautions: Brewster.
Whitby Town: Jack Norton, Callum Martin, Daniel McWilliams, Andrew May, Jaseem Sukar, Andrew Monkhouse, Callum Patton, Kyle Fryatt, Junior Mondal, Anthony Hume, Lewis Maloney.
Unused subs: Connor Dunlavey, Dan Gathercole, Lee Bullock, Daniel Dixon, Dan Miller. Cautions: Martin.
Goals: Whitby Town; Patton (43, 79), Hume (90).
Referee: Mr Richard Aspinall
Assistants: Mr James Sheppard and Mr Spencer Doherty