The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Alan Per­ci­val

THIS game was not one for the purists as the two teams bat­tled it out to no avail.

A slug­gish start by the home side saw Whitby Town put some pres­sure on the hosts with a cou­ple of nearly chances.

Ducks striker Chib Chi­laka had the first real ef­fort on goal as his vol­ley flew over the bar on eight min­utes.

There was a big shout on 12 min­utes for a penalty to the vis­i­tors as Matty Ty­mon ap­peared to re­ceive an el­bow from Kelvin Lugs­den.

In the same in­ci­dent a cry for hand­ball by the Shaw Lane cen­tre-back was also waved away by ref­eree Conor Brown.

“Some­times you see them given, some­times you don’t,” ac­cepted Whitby boss Chris Hardy. “I didn’t envy the ref­eree’s task to­day. We are fight­ing to get th­ese penal­ties in th­ese cases.”

The one and only shot on tar­get in the first half came on 39 min­utes from long range. Cap­tain Spencer Har­ris fired from 20 yards fol­low­ing an Alex Byrne pass.

It was held though by keeper Ryan Whit­ley.

Hopes of a bet­ter sec­ond pe­riod warmed up the sup­port­ers at half-time and the pace did im­prove.

Kiaran Weledji stormed for­ward for Whitby on 48 min­utes and his fierce shot was de­flected wide by Lugs­den.

Har­ris made the Whitby stop­per work again on 58 min­utes as another long-range ef­fort looked to be go­ing wide, but Whit­ley took no chances and con­ceded the corner in­stead.

A flurry of book­ings saw a to­tal of eight through­out the game, ref­eree Brown mak­ing the point that he was in charge.

What drama there was came in in­jury time as both sides recorded their sec­ond ef­forts on goal.

An­drew Monkhouse had a tame header col­lected by Ed Wil­czyn­ski while the hosts saw sub­sti­tute Damian Reeves come close be­fore his shot was de­flected.

Shaw Lane man­ager Paul Quinn ad­mit­ted: “In hind­sight with a makeshift back four and with the con­di­tions it’s another point in the right di­rec­tion.

“We huffed and puffed in the first half and in the sec­ond half we picked the pace up and we’re dis­ap­pointed not to get the max­i­mum points.

“Kieran Lugs­den played at right-back for the first time and Jake Pic­ton only signed last night around six o’clock.

“We we’re not too dis­heart­ened, es­pe­cially with play­ers com­ing back next week to help out.” STAR MAN: Spencer Har­ris (Shaw Lane) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

DAN THE MAN: Whitby’s Daniel McWil­liams de­nies Abadaki

PIC­TURES: Russ Shep­herd

NOT SO SHAW: God­win Abadaki spurns a chance for Shaw Lane

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