Whitby Town 0-3 Matlock Town
Matlock’s domination of much of the game again brought its reward at the Turnbull Ground thanks to a Harry Limb brace and a late individual strike from Michael Williams.
Interim manager Dave Hoole remained unbeaten and it was a third successive victory with the Gladiators hitting three goals for the third successive match.
Again Hoole was able to name an unchanged starting line up on a heavy pitch which had staged Whitby’s 2-2 draw with Warrington Town on Thursday night.
The hosts looked tired at times, perhaps having not fully recovered from their exertions two days previously, but take nothing away from Matlock who again played some exciting passing football on the difficult surface.
Lewis Maloney shot high and wide from distance for the Seasiders in the 4th minute but that was quickly followed by Matlock manufacturing a much better chance as Ricky German was probably not expecting the ball to find him after a break down the right and he hurriedly sliced a 6th minute twelve yards strike wide.
Matlock soon won a corner and Jan Yeomans, in his final match on loan from Boston United, went down awkwardly to receive treatment behind the goal. While physio Mark Mullins was attending to him, Matlock took an 11th minute lead, home goalkeeper Jack Norton slicing his clearance to LIMB who advanced to see Norton block his first attempt but net into an empty net from the rebound.
Yeomans hobbled away to be replaced by Jake Phillips who slotted in at right back with Jake Green moving to the left.
Norton held a twenty yarder from Williams before at the other end Walton was to make his single serious save of the contest, getting down to parry away a low twenty five yard effort from midfielder Jassem Sukar.
But Matlock were soon pressing again, German, having been played through by Joe Doyle-Charles, being denied by a wonderful challenge from Lewis Maloney then Limb broke through for Norton to save comfortably from his low drive. Then Norton was able to clutch a Williams free kick when Doyle-Charles was impeded a few yards outside the penalty box.
However Matlock breathed a sigh of relief when a defender somehow got a toe to a low centre from the left by Junior Mondal that could have given Matty Tymon an easy finish at the back post.
Matlock though finished the half in control and Limb might have doubled the lead but headed a Ted Cribley cross over the bar when well placed.
Whitby survived again in even more fortuitous circumstances on 54 minutes when Doyle-Charles only needed a meaningful touch to convert a low cross from the right, scuffing the ball wide, but the danger was not over as German fed Wallace and it needed a miraculous goal line block from Jamie Poole to keep Whitby in contention.
But their respite lasted only seven more minutes as following some fine passing, Wallace played in LIMB to drive conclusively past Norton from twelve yards.
It was nearly three when on 64 minutes the overlapping Green latched on to German’s assist forcing Norton to charge down the full back’s power packed shot at his near post.
Callum Patton ran on to a through pass to screw an unconvincing finish wide and substitute Anthony Hume headed a Patton cross too high but with Walton looking solid behind an equally uncompromising Matlock back line, the visitors were in the comfort zone.
They broke at pace and after a couple of situations that failed to produce the goods, WILLIAMS added a fine third goal in stoppage time. The referee played a good advantage to allow the midfielder to carry on after a foul and the punishment for Whitby was severe as he raced clear from the half way line on the left before tucking a slide rule finish past the advancing Norton.
It capped a marvellous day out at the seaside for the Gladiators who celebrated with the healthy away following at the final whistle.
WHITBY TOWN: 1 Jack Norton 2 Callum Martin 3 Daniel McWilliams 4 Kevin Burgess 5 Jamie Poole 6 Jassem Sukar (14 Anthony Hume 70) 7 Callum Patton 8 Connor Dunleavey (12 Andrew Monkhouse 58) 9 Matty Tymon 10 Lewis Maloney 11 Junior Mondal Other subs: 15 Kyle Fryatt 16 Dan Gathercole 17 Danny Dixon
MATLOCK TOWN: 1 Richard Walton 2 Jake Green 3 Jan Yeomans (12 Jake Phillips 12) 4 Joe Doyle-Charles 5 Adam Yates 6 Dwayne Wiley 7 Kieran Wallace 8 Michael Williams 9 Ricky German (16 Chris Ondong-Mba 85) 10 Ted Cribley 11 Harry Limb (15 Jamie Jackson 70) Other subs: 14 Marshall Willock 17 Zak Brunt
REFEREE: Adam Williamson (Houghton-Le-Spring) ATTENDANCE: 314 BEST GLADIATOR: Michael Williams