Whitley Bay v Marske United - Saturday 17th September 2016
Whitley Bay 2
Marske United 2
(Northern League Division One)
With Adam Wheatley suspended following his controversial sending off against Marine, Jamie Owens unavailable and John Seaton injured, Marske were forced into registering coach Ian Clark as a player to ensure that they had 3 outfield players on the substitutes bench. Andrew Ramsbottom dropped into the back four to replace Wheatley and Corey Nicholson came in on the right hand side of midfield.
In glorious sunshine it was the home side who started better with first shot of the game coming in the 8th minute but Aiden Haley’s effort went high over the bar. Robert Dean made his first save on 14 minutes routinely saving from Chris McDonald. Kyle Fryatt then saw his shot deflected behind for a corner by Lee Brockbank but from the resulting corner Bay’s early pressure told. The corner wasn’t properly cleared and the ball fell to the giant Ryan Keltie just inside the box and his well-placed shot beat Dean and nestled in the bottom corner. Two minutes later Fryatt cut inside Nicholson but shot wide before Marske had their first effort on 20 minutes but Dale Mulligan headed a Glen Butterworth corner over the bar. The influential Fryatt then shot over the bar after exchanging passes with Haley on the edge of the box and Callum Patton shot well wide from distance as Marske struggled to make any impact on the game. On 39 minutes Aaron Ramsbottom’s neat lay off set up Nathan Mulligan but his shot went high over the bar. With half time approaching an excellent chest down from Butterworth created a shooting opportunity but his low shot from 30 yards went wide.
Half Time: Whitley Bay 1 Marske United 0
The second half started in a similar vein to the first half with the home side seeing more of the ball in the opposition half. On 49 minutes Nicholson was out-muscled too easily and Haley breezed past him but saw his chip go wide of the target. On 58 minutes, Marske left back Matthew Bell became the first player to be booked for a mis-timed challenge on Fryatt. There was a double punishment for Marske as from the resulting free kick Alex Kempster delivered the ball to the near post and Nathan Mulligan tried to clear the ball but only succeeded in sliding the ball into the Marske net. It could have been much worse for Marske shortly after the second goal as Bay broke from a Marske attack but Dean made a superb double save. On 65 minutes, Marske made a double change with Nicholson and Reece Kelly, who had both struggled to get into the game, replaced by Nathan Evans and Wilf Dinsdale. The change paid near immediate dividends when Marske reduced the arrears on 69 minutes. A superb cross from the left from Evans was headed back across goal by Nathan Mulligan to the unmarked Danny Earl who side footed home from 8 yards. Whitley Bay had a golden chance to increase their lead back to 2 goals on 73 minutes but the unmarked Fryatt shot wide from a right wing cross. With Marske back in the game the home side attempted to slow the pace of the game by making 3 changes within 6 minutes but the changes failed to have the desired effect and Marske drew level on 85 minutes.
A right wing cross from Nathan Mulligan saw a highly unorthodox finish from Aaron Ramsbottom who found himself at the ball and chested it in from inches off the ground. The Bay defence were furious, claiming handball, but the ball clearly went in off the Marske striker’s chest. With the away side back in the game, it could have been 3-2 to Marske just moments later when Aaron Ramsbottom played a neat through ball to Earl but the Bay keeper Michael Hammond did superbly to spread himself and save as Marske fought back from a terrible first 60 minutes to earn a draw.
Full Time: Whitley Bay 2 Marske United 2
Whitley Bay: Hammond, Nearney, McDonald, Haley, Keltie, Anderson, Fryatt, Potter (Munro), Robertson (Shanks), Patton (Powell), Kempster
Subs (not used): Berry, Cooper
Marske: Dean, Brockbank, Bell, Butterworth, D. Mulligan, Andrew Ramsbottom, Nicholson (Evans), N. Mulligan, Earl, Aaron Ramsbottom, Kelly (Dinsdale)
Subs (not used): McDonald, Clark
Marske’s first half performance was possibly their worst of the season but the introduction of Nathan Evans changed the game with the tricky winger running at the Whitley Bay defence at every opportunity and creating chances for the hard working Danny Earl and Aaron Ramsbottom which paid dividends with two late goals that earned Marske a third draw in succession.