WHITBY Fishermen’s Society produced their best football of the night in an extra-time period that made all the difference, sealing them the League Trophy silverware after a 4-1 win over a determined FC Soba side at Pickering Town’s Mill Lane ground last night.
Neither side were really at their best on a chilly night, with Soba coming out of the traps the stronger of the two, Tez Breckon shooting over before Craig Rackham failed to connect when well set to test the Fishermen’s keeper.
Zac Poole was Soba’s star man, marshalling the back four and producing some superb challenges, and he was forced to clear off the line 30 minutes in to keep the scores level.
Fishermen didn’t have to wait too long for their opener however, as five minutes later Soba keeper John Wood spilled a cross at the feet of Jamie Stevenson, who duly tapped in.
Scores remained the same until the interval, and a scrappy second half then ensued.
Both sides had chances to register, but Matty Turner was twice thwarted by Carl Scales in the Whitby net, while Wood atoned for his earlier error when making a smart stop to prevent the impressive Sam Bailey finishing when one-on-one.
Fishermen looked to be cruising to the cup when a Breckon cross was headed in at the front post by Turner on 90 minutes, and the clash went into extra-time.
This seemed to shock Fishermen into action, and they started to move the ball around with the zip that had been missing in the 90 minutes.
Substitute Peter Scaife kept his nerve after out-muscling Adam North to make it 2-1, before a Steve Swales corner somehow managed to find its way directly into the Soba net for 3-1.
Soba’s spirits had been broken and the Whitby side started to dominate, hitting a post before a precise through-ball was finished well again by Scaife to round things off at 4-1.
Fishermen eventually deserved their win, but 4-1 was a harsh scoreline on a Soba side that battled valiantly throughout.