WHITBY Fishermen’s Society kept their hunt for a superb quadruple in their first season in the Scarborough & District League on track when they collected the Trophy Trader League Trophy after a hard-fought 2-0 win over division two champions Ryedale last night.
Mark Storr’s men were missing three of their key men, with former Reading and Scarborough FC man Steve Swales working away, and injuries to Mark Swales and Karl Storr, and they struggled to find their fluent best in the first half.
Ryedale look assured in possession and were an occasional threat with the guile of veteran striker Marc Dobson, and the pace and work rate of his partner Adam Hornby causing the occasional problem.
The first half expired with chances at a premium and it was Ryedale who should have taken the lead after the break, but Dobson snatched at his effort, lifting the ball over the bar after good work down the right from Hornby.
And they were made to pay for this missed opportunity when a long ball over the top after 65 minutes bounced over their full-back and the impressive Paul Tose produced a stunning volley into the top corner to make it 1-0.
This strike galvanised the Whitby outfit and they started to retain possession better, with skipper Peter Scaife and Neil Hart pulling the strings in the centre of their midfield, feeding their two stand-out players, Tose and left winger Connor Goldsmith.
And their good approach play paid off for them when Goldsmith found some space after the ball had pinged around the box and fired into the corner for 2-0.
Ryedale almost hit back but Hornby dragged his shot wide when well placed.
Tempers started to flare as both sides lunged into late challenges, with a number of off-the-ball incidents going unpunished by referee Andy Smith.
But Smith was soon to brandish a red card when James Armstrong needlessly flew into Ryedale keeper Rob Featherstone when the keeper had collected the ball safely and danger had been overted.
Ryedale knew their luck was out though when Hornby looked to have clawed them back into the contest, only to see his effort hacked off the line, and Fishermen held on to seal the triumph.
Boss Storr said: “It’s a great result for the lads and they deserved it.
“We’ve had a great season so far and to say we were missing a few key players and still managed the win is great.
“The goals were excellent and Tosey and Connor were superb tonight,
“Our skipper Peter Scaife and centre-back Andy Kelly also deserve a mention, but the whole team played well.
“We want to win all four trophies if we can now, but we know it will be tough.”
Disappointed Ryedale boss Reed said: “Perhaps they were the better side. We played some decent stuff in the first-half, but they’re a better side than the teams we’ve been playing.
“We struggled to create chances and they defended really well.”