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A difficult opening

game for the Seasiders


AS REPORTED recently Withernsea AFC will be running two men’s teams in the East Riding County League this season.

The first team will play in Division Two, with the Reserves playing their football in a tough-looking Division Four.

The County League started in earnest last Saturday but due to their late inclusion, the first team were without a game.

The firsts will start their league programme this coming Saturday when they are scheduled to welcome Hornsea Town Reserves to Hull Road Playing Fields, the match kicking off at 2pm.

It is then back-to-back home games for the side as the following Saturday, they are due to host Holme Rovers Reserves.

The second team kicked off their campaign last Saturday with an away game at Gilberdyke Phoenix Reserves and it was a tough opening day for the Seasiders as they went down to an 8-0 defeat.
Goals for the home side came from Alex Wagstaff, Daniel Best and Stuart Harrison, who all scored twice, Nathan Shepherd and Craig Johnson.

The visitors fared quite well in the first half and went in at the break trailing 2-0, but two early goals in the second half had the Reserves firmly on the back foot.

At 4-0, Withernsea were handed a lifeline as referee Gary Hallett awarded a penalty but sadly for the visitors, new signing Liam Seaward failed to find the net.

With many of the team not having played together the side fell away in the final 30 minutes and the home side took full advantage as they went on to record an emphatic win.

It’s still very early days and the team will take a little time to gel so there is certainly no cause for alarm at this early stage of the season as things will hopefully get better as the season progresses.
This Saturday the Reserves will play their first game at home against AFC North at Hull Road, the match set to kick-off at 2pm.

Their opponents, who have played in the higher divisions in recent years, began their Division Four campaign in winning style last week, beating Pelican Rangers on the road, recording an impressive 6-3 success.

Star of the show for the side was Haydn Gabriel who scored a hat-trick as AFC North finished the game very strongly to take all three points.

The game was evenly balanced heading into the last 10 minutes with the two sides locked together at 3-3, but the visitors scored three times in the last nine minutes to secure an opening day success.

This will probably be another tough game for the Seasiders but the team spirit remains and with Gavin and Mark Thurkettle in charge, the team is in safe hands.

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