HALE­SOWEN TOWN 3 WHITBY TOWN 1

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Dave John­son

TWO goals from Hale­sowen hero John McA­tee left strug­gling Whitby with­out a win in 12 games.

But the vis­i­tors started well and went ahead after just five min­utes when Kyle Fry­att's header struck the un­der­side of the bar and he was on hand to tap home the re­bound. Daniel McWil­liams then curled a 7th minute free-kick wide.

McA­tee led Hale­sowen's re­cov­ery and he went close in the 33rd minute as his ef­fort hit the base of the post. But McA­tee soon equalised when his 36th minute shot from the edge of the penalty area de­flected be­yond Whitby goal­keeper Daniel Dixon.

Half-time sub­sti­tute Jack Kelly gave the Yeltz a 61st minute lead when his cross-shot found its way into the Whitby net.

With Whitby seek­ing an equaliser, Luke Byth­way's 80th minute goal-bound shot was blocked for a cor­ner but Hale­sowen broke away to make it 3-1 in the 81st minute when McA­tee found space to calmly slot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

McA­tee then burst through again but was de­nied his hat-trick as Dixon made a fine save.

Al­though Hale­sowen's vi­tal three points were al­ready safe in their first win for eight games, home goal­keeper Dan Platt saved from Matthew Ty­mon and Whitby sub­sti­tute Keiran Weledji flashed a header wide in stop­page time.

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