Blues boss: ‘Poor start cost us at Marine’

Whitby Town boss Darren Williams was left frustrated after his side's defeat at Marine. Picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town boss Darren Williams was left frustrated after his side's defeat at Marine. Picture: Brian Murfield

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Whitby Town manager Darren Williams feels his side’s slow start to proceedings was to blame for Saturday’s defeat at Marine.

The Blues conceded with just 32 seconds on the clock and found themselves 2-0 down inside 12 minutes. Despite a much-improved second-half display, plus a late strike from Ryan Brobbel, the Seasiders were unable to earn themselves a share of the spoils.

“The first 15 to 20 minutes simply weren’t good enough, and that has ended up costing us.

“After that we’ve hit the post twice and missed some good chances, dominated the second half and played some decent football, but the poor start left us with too much to do.

“You can’t go handing teams two-goal leads and expect to get anything out of the match, although, having said that, I think if we’d scored a bit earlier than the 84th minute and had more time, we would definitely have got an equaliser.

“I did think we were going to salvage something when we got it back to 2-1, we had chances, but it just wasn’t to be.”

Williams was particularly disappointed by the manner in which Marine were able to score their two goals.

“We set up to defend the free-kick for their first goal on the edge of our penalty area,” he added.

“For some reason we’ve dropped really deep into the six-yard and that’s given them the advantage and allowed them to win a header at close range which they’ve scored from.

“We gave the ball away very cheaply for their second goal and then lost another aerial battle when the ball came into the box.

“Conceding goals like that is not acceptable. Those mistakes are the reason that we’ve lost the game.”

Whitby will be hoping to bounce back when they travel to Queensgate in Bridlington to take on local rivals Scarborough Athletic in the Doodson Sports Cup on Tuesday evening, 7.45pm kick-off.

Williams admitted that he will rotate his side for the game, but said that the Blues are not taking the fixture lightly.

“Every game is a big game, we really want to win at Scarborough, because winning breeds confidence and we need to get into good habits,” he added.

“Obviously we have an FA Trophy match at Blyth on Saturday to take into consideration, so we will rotate a few of the players and change things around a bit.

“Defensively we are struggling for numbers with Ibby Hassan and Callum Martin injured and Richard Pell unavailable for midweek games, so we’ll have to look at that situation.

“Liam Mandeville, the striker from Doncaster who has joined us on loan, is one who I think we’ll bring into the side.”

A supporters’ bus will depart the Turnbull Ground for Queensgate at 5pm on Tuesday, to book a place, contact Graham Manser on 07966 241344.