WHITBY TOWN 3 (Snaith 5, Bythway 50, Hopson 56)
YORK CITY 1 (Oliver 51)
YORK City exited this season’s North Riding Senior Cup at the Quarter-Final stage after going down 3-1 at North Yorkshire neighbours Whitby Town in an entertaining encounter on Tuesday evening.
On a cold night at the Turnbull Ground, the hosts came racing out of the blocks and City never really recovered, despite fielding a side including a number of players with first team experience. Although the line-up had a youthful look about it at the back, with Tyler Walton, Luke Woodland and Arron Brettel across the line, the likes of Scott Fenwick, Danny Galbraith, Daniel Nti and the returning Vadaine Oliver also featured as City hoped to progress in the competition.
After a bright start, Whitby went in front in the fifth minute. Receiving a throw in down the right hand side, forward David Carson tricked his way into a good crossing position, and his ball in was met by a totally unmarked Steven Snaith who nodded past Luke Simpson at the near post.
City struggled to get into the game, and this was typified by two incidents involving Snaith and Walton. Firstly, the Whitby man dispossessed the City youngster only to be hauled down in a good position. Then, moments later, Walton picked up a yellow card from referee Matthew Diccico for another foul on Snaith as he struggled to contain him.
However, the Minstermen began to assert some influence on the tie and, in the 17th minute, Town defender Kieran Weledji became the second player to enter the referee’s notebook for a foul on Nti. Callum Rzonca’s free-kick fell to Nti inside the box but his shot was deflected just over. From the resulting corner, Woodland headed goalwards only for Seasiders’ keeper Shane Bland to make a fantastic save.
By midway through the first half it had become a full-blooded encounter, but it was City who had the better of things in terms of possession. On 28 minutes, Nti met a Matty Dixon cross but couldn’t get enough power in the header. This was shortly followed by a long range pile-driver from Rzonca, his effort heading straight for the top corner only for Bland to somehow tip the ball over the angle.
Just before the half came to a close Oliver found Rzonca who, once again, tried his luck on goal. Sadly, this time, his shot was deflected, lost momentum and was safely gathered by Bland.
If the first half gave City fans cause for optimism, these hopes were soon extinguished at the start of the second period. Whitby won a 50th minute corner, which dead ball specialist Callum Martin swung into the Minstermen penalty box. Substitute Luke Bythway, completely unmarked, headed home past Simpson and wheeled away to celebrate doubling the home side’s advantage.
Having initiated a scramble in the Whitby area immediately from the re-start, City won a corner as they fought to get back into the match. From the cross, Oliver rose to power home a header past the stranded keeper and pull a goal back for the visitors.
At this point Whitby were rocking, and it was Oliver again who headed towards the net meeting a lovely cross from Nti. This time the header was wayward, the ball sailing away from the target much to the relief of the Seasiders’ defence.
On 62 minutes, Danny Galbraith fired a free-kick straight into Bland’s gloves, but it was Whitby who would ultimately seal the game three minutes later. After a City attack was broken up, a lightning quick break led to Dale Hobson putting a glorious ball through to David Carson. As the angle narrowed, Carson rifled the ball into the top corner of the net, the goal of the night.
Whitby could have added a fourth goal two minutes later after some poor defending from Galbraith allowed David McTiernan to dance into the box causing a mad scramble. And, as the noise from the Whitby fans grew, McTiernan was again involved on 69 minutes, heading just wide from another Martin delivery.
As the match drew towards its conclusion, and with the home side in control, a bad mistake from Woodland on 82 minutes allowed in Dale Hopson but his shot flew over the bar. At the other end, it was Bland yet again with the heroics as he made a wonderful save from Nti’s free-kick. And it was fitting that the last chance of the night was a super stop from the Whitby goalkeeper as he got down and gathered a fierce drive from Scott Fenwick deep into injury time.
However, as the final whistle blew and the Whitby celebrations began, City simply hadn’t done enough to go through against a very good home side, and will have to try their luck in the competition again next year.
Whitby Town: Shane Bland, Callum Martin, Danny McWilliams (Luke Bythway 39), Kieren Weledji, Lee Bullock, Mark Robinson, Adam Gell, David McTiernan, Dale Hopson (Michael Roberts 87), Steven Snaith, David Carson. UNUSED SUBS: Kyle Fryatt, Danny Dixon, Anthony Hume.
York City: Luke Simpson, Tyler Walton, Arron Brettel, Danny Galbraith (Noah Jackson 74), Luke Woodland, Matty Dixon, Callum Rzonca (Alex Bruton 74), Scott Fenwick, Vadaine Oliver, Robbie McDaid (Josh Rogerson 80), Daniel Nti. UNUSED SUB: Ryan Whitley
Referee: Mr Matthew Diccico (Middlesbrough) | Attendance: 328