Sunday 28th October 2007 - Whitby Town FC
The ninth bi-annual WGW charity football match took place on Sunday 28th at the Turnbull and it turned out to be a pulsating encounter with Real Gothic emerging victorious, edging out Jon Stokoe’s Athletico Gazette by 4-3.
Athletico started the game stronger and forced early saves from Goth keeper James Kierton and some last ditch defending from centre-back Col “Pinky” McKinnon. However, Real soon started to find their rhythm with the pace of new strike partnership Graeme “Kinnon” McKinnon and Shaun Chamberlin causing the Althetico back line problems.
After 20 mins, it was Chamberlain who made the breakthrough, sprinting on to a long through ball from Stuart Denove and lobbing the keeper from just outside the box, much to the delight of the large partizan “away” crowd.
The Gazette made a swift reply through the Goth’s arch nemesis Paul Hurworth and it was almost a carbon copy of Chamberlin’s goal, another long-range chip from distance.
The remainder of the half was a keenly contested affair, with the experience of Althetico testing the Goth defense. However, it was Real who finished the half on top, with Kinnon rifling in a thunderous free-kick from the edge of the area, after the Gazette’s keeper was adjudged to have carried the ball out of the box.
The interval came as a welcome break for Athletico and they were level five minutes after the re-start, with Thom Kennedy powering home a header from the first corner of the second half. Athletico then took the lead in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when Kennedy’s cross-come-shot looped in. However, the Goths battled back again, levelling through a superb diving header from Chamberlain.
The winner came 15 minutes from time, through man-of-the-match Richard Dove, who had put in a tireless display all afternoon from midfield, cut inside on the right edge of the penalty area and curled in into the net from 20 yards.
A tense last 10 minutes saw the Goths under intense pressure from the home side, with only some heroics from the back line keeping them in front.
The ground erupted at the final whistle. It was the first time in 4 outings that the men in black have got the better of their foes. Real manager Mike Uwins hailed the effort from both sides as “Fantastic! This was definitely the best game that we have seen down here to date. It’s great for us to get a win every now and again - it will keep the Gazette from getting too complacent and gives the crowd something to really shout about. It will also set it up nicely for April, when I’m sure that Jonny’s boys will be plotting their revenge.”