Seadogs see off Whitby fans in five-goal thriller

Keeper Shaun Gough was in good form for the Seadogs
Keeper Shaun Gough was in good form for the Seadogs
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Scarborough Athletic Supporters’ team, the Scarborough Seadogs, won 3-2 in their Yorkshire Coast derby against Whitby Town Supporters at a misty Oliver’s Mount.

In a fixture that was hastily re-arranged due to fog at Seamer, it was the hosts who scored first halfway through the opening period.

Carl Grayson was given plenty of time to pick his spot, to the left of Blues’ goalkeeper Devan Robson, whose glove on the ball wasn’t enough to keep it out of the net.

Whitby finally started playing properly late in the half, and when they did, two goals arrived in quick succession.

First, John Powell latched onto a fine through-ball and one-on-one with the Seadogs’ keeper Shaun Gough, blasted into the roof of the net.

Then, debutant Dave Smith fired an angled drive from the right-edge of the box, across Gough and into the opposite corner.

Scarborough Athletic’s followers bossed the second half however and deservedly levelled when Adam Martin cut in from the right and slotted imperiously past Robson.

Both teams then had chances to win it before the home side scored what turned out to be the winning goal, with around 12 minutes left. Grayson’s neat pass found the lively Martin, whose 20-yard shot rattled the crossbar and Michael Curtis was first to the rebound, lobbing Robson, before sidefooting home expertly.

Late on, Paul Waring chipped onto the roof of the net as Town’s supporters battled for an equaliser that never came. Scarborough manager Chris Rooke commended Steve Mothersdale for what he called a combative performance in the middle of the park, before adding: “All of the 14 players involved played their part in the win.”

Whitby boss Andrew Snaith thanked his opposite number for arranging the match and said: “We had a decent side out, there were three more new lads in there and it’ll take time to gel and get everyone’s fitness up. I’ve a lot of players who are just getting used to turning out regularly again, or are new to 11-a-side, but we’ll get there.”