Armstrong brace ensures lead this time stays intact

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Whitby Town boss Darren Williams was pleased his side built on a 2-0 lead rather than squander it – as they have done twice already this season – in last night’s win at Trafford.

The result, he said, was especially pleasing having after players have been at work and then travelled cross-country to a tough game.

The Blues took us 10-15 minutes to get into the game with Trafford dominating the early exchanges and keeping the ball well.

“They caused us problems without realistically hitting the target,” said Williams.

“Once we got the working and travelling off our backs we got into the game, worked hard and did well.

Graham Armstrong continued his purple patch, putting Whitby in front and Adam Rundle doubled their lead before the break. And this time there was no squandering the lead.

“At half-time, we didn’t have to mention the 2-0 as it should have been on everyone’s minds, using the lead as a positive and not as a negative where we think ‘what if we concede’

“We continued doing what we’re good at and worked hard for each other, getting back in numbers and attacking in numbers.”

Armstrong’s second goal of the evening – and eighth league goal of the season – on the hour mark wrapped up the points for Whitby, who now look forward to this Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to West Auckland.

And if striker Armstrong continues his good run, there is plenty of reason for optimism.

“Graham is doing very well – he is on fire at the moment and working hard for it,” said Williams.

“He’s had a couple of little niggles but is grafting and working hard, and getting his just rewards for it.”

Trafford 0 Whitby Town 3