Munn’s leveller earns Badgers a point

SEASIDE DRAW: Whitby (in blue) clear their lines against Eastwood. (Photo by Brian Murfield)
SEASIDE DRAW: Whitby (in blue) clear their lines against Eastwood. (Photo by Brian Murfield)
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Bradley Munn’s equaliser early in the second-half earned Eastwood a point at Whitby Town and made it two games unbeaten for the Badgers.

And it could have been even better in the dying moments as player/manager Chris Shaw’s effort from inside his own half looked destined for goal before eventually coming back off a post and to safety.

The hosts started strongly and Craig Farrell should’ve done better when well placed on 16 minutes but side-footed high and wide.

The Seasiders broke the deadlock just short of the half hour, when Shane Henry’s first shot was blocked back into his path and the winger made no mistake, dispatching his second attempt past Badgers’ Cameroonian goalkeeper Alex Malong from 20 yards out.

Centre-half Kevin Burgess then tried his luck from 40 yards out, but Malong watchfully claimed the teasing high ball.

The home side should have increased their lead on a couple of occasions before half-time.

First, Farrell was guilty of missing from a good position, firing across the face of goal from the left angle of the box after good work from Graeme Armstrong.

Then, Tom Portas stroked wide two minutes later after Farrell had turned provider.

Wasteful Whitby were then punished for their poor finishing four minutes into the second-half.

Romaine Graham surged down the right and drove an inviting ball across the six-yard box for Munn to bundle home a point-blank equaliser.

At the other end, Armstrong powered down the left wing and centered for Farrell who hit the ball into the ground on the half-volley, but Malong was able to touch the close-range effort over the bar.

Malong smothered comfortably with a camera-friendly save from Farrell’s header, while Dave McTiernan’s ambitious blaze over was close as Whitby came in the last 20 minutes.

Instead it was the visitors who could have stolen all three points, seconds from time.

Shaw picked up the ball inside his own half and tried a shot from the midway point of the pitch, catching out 6ft 4in keeper Nick Liversedge, only for the keeper’s right-hand post to save Whitby blushes.

For Eastwood, a point was another sign of how progress is being made under Shaw’s guidance despite relegation already being confirmed, and the Badgers will finish the season with games against Blyth and Chorley, fully confident a win could give them a deserved morale-boost.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Whitby: 1 Nick Liversedge 2 Ibby Hassan 3 Mark Robinson (c) 4 Kevin Burgess 5 Alex White 6 Dave McTiernan 7 Tom Portas 8 Shane Henry 9 Craig Farrell 10 Graeme Armstrong 11 Nathan Mulligan

Subs: Steven Snaith, Darren Williams, Craig James, Arjun Purewal, David Campbell

Eastwood: 1 Alex Malong 2 Mitch Hanson (c) 3 Dominic Allen 4 Danny Roberts 5 Sam Craven 6 Scott Rogers 7 Vijay Selvam 8 Kallum Keane 9 Romaine Graham 10 Bradley Munn 11 Paolo Piliero

Subs: Chris Shaw, Josh Raven, Tyler Witton

Ref: Matt Dicicco (Middlesbrough)

Att: 342