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      Seasiders brush third string aside

    Withernsea AFC 4
Beverley Town Academy 1
A DEPLETED and let down Withernsea squad pulled together to host Beverley Town’s thirds on Saturday.
Late withdrawals from Marc Mead, Ricky Kemp and Tom McGeachy left manager Medforth and Nathan McBride as the subs, with Tony Everitt coming in for his first start of the campaign. Jordan Hart was signed on at the last minute and started at centre-half, pairing with John Dunn on his return after injury. There was also no Shane Spenceley or Rob Murray, while Tom Finn was banned.
The difference in the first half was Chris Frost and his pace on the big 4G pitch at the high school. A goal in the first five minutes came from Frost who was set free by Everitt. This was cancelled out by an Adam Foster header from yet another corner, this is something of a worry for the manager after it had been the main downfall in the loss to Hedon Rangers Reserves the previous week.
Frost then doubled his and his teams advantage ten minutes later, again breaking through the back line and finishing well. The Seasiders began to dominate things although the visitors did look dangerous on the odd break away and went close on one occasion firing wide, but otherwise Max Watling-Precious was rarely troubled.
Everitt went close when outstretched with a volley and then put a header a long way away from the intended target. Owen Mountain and Ciaran Collins had half chances from distance while Frost missed a poor opportunity but then made amends and completed a first half hat-trick, set free again by Everitt down the left, the wide man rifled across the goalkeeper with his left foot and into the far corner.
In the second period things weren’t as pretty for Withernsea who lost Everitt through fatigue to be replaced by McBride. In an even opening first 15 minutes it was the returning Hart who scored after good tireless work by Sam Mason down the right, winning the ball back and forcing an opportunity which found its way to the now striker Hart, who finished past the visiting ‘keeper who was at full stretch, the ball finding the bottom corner.
The visitors started creeping into the game but failed to make any of their pressure pay off. Withernsea missed chances through Frost and where also guilty of some poor play in the final third, however, they had done enough and picked up another three points.
This week is away at West Hull Amateurs with a few doubts over squad members and a few possible returns. The manager will want a better performance this week but was pleased with Dunn, Hart, Phil Good and especially Andy Bentley for solid performances on the day.
Withernsea AFC: Watling-Precious, Good, Dunn, Hart, Bentley, Fraser, Mountain, Collins, Everitt (McBride), Frost, Mason.
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