The Rams made the long journey to the north Yorkshire coast but returned empty-handed after losing out to a big physical Whitby Town team by two goals to nil.

In all fairness, had it not been for a man-of-the-match performance from keeper Grant Shenton, the damage could have been a lot worse.

Shenton, time after time thwarted the home side who constantly attacked the visiting defence, and on another night David McTiernan would have been taking the ball home.

As it was, he notched just one goal and that came as early as the sixth minute. Town had bombarded the visitors from the off, with Shenton making two outstanding saves, but he could do nothing when a half-clearance found McTierney on the edge of the box, and he retuned the ball with sufficient dip to land in the back of the net from just under the crossbar.

The visitors gained three corners in quick succession, but the closest they came to scoring was a header from Cedric Krou which sailed wide.

Osebi Abasaki was proving the biggest threat for the visitors with his strong running, but there was no end result as the Ramsbottom forwards looked off the pace all night.

The defenders, however, had to be at their best to repel a number of attacks by a home side determined to follow up their recent away victory, which had lifted them away from the foot of the table. Shenton continued to be the final obstacle that the home side failed to penetrate, and the half-time whistle sounded with the Rams going in still only one goal down.

The second half was just three minutes old when Town doubled their advantage. A high cross seemed to be Shenton’s but the ball bounced off him, and in via the body of Richard Pell who seemed to know little about it.

That goal, however, gave the home side a cushion that the visitors rarely looked like breaching. The Rams played some entertaining football but the end result was never good enough to worry the home defence, and Whitby saw the game out comfortably to deservedly pick up the three points and leave the Rams with a long and miserable return to east Lancashire.

Ramsbottom United: Shenton, Smalley, Pilkington, Spencer, Howson, Warrender, Abadaki, Burton, Slaven(Mota 68mins), Krou, Dean. Subs not used: Cook, Williams, Johnson, Morley

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