Blues held by Bishop Auckland

Mikey Roberts attempts to charge down the Bishop Auckland keeper's clearance
Mikey Roberts attempts to charge down the Bishop Auckland keeper's clearance
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Whitby Town’s fifth pre-season encounter ended in a 2-2 draw with Bishop Auckland at the Turnbull Ground, on Saturday.

The Blues fell behind with just a couple of minutes on the clock when Sam Orritt netted for the Northern League Division One outfit.

Lee Bullock and boss Chris Hardy look on from the sideline

Lee Bullock and boss Chris Hardy look on from the sideline

Town did not trail for long, however, as last season’s leading marksman Mikey Roberts fired home an equaliser in the 18th minute.

Defender Kieran Weledji then got forward from the back to head Whitby into the lead just before the half-hour mark.

But just six minutes later, the game was all level again, Priestley Griffiths registering his side’s second of the day after a spot-kick was awarded following a handball in the box.

There were however no more goals in the second period as both sides enjoyed good spells of possession and chances came and went at either end.

Dale Hopson gets on the ball

Dale Hopson gets on the ball

“Our attacking play was really impressive and we performed well as a team for long periods,” Whitby’s assistant-manager Lee Bullock said.

“The build-up from front to back was really good, we just need to start putting more of our chances away, we could arguably have been 3-1 or 4-1 up before they got it back to 2-2.

“What is also important is that we stop giving away silly goals. Seventy or 80 minutes of good work can all be undone by one mistake, and it is important that we eradicate these errors.

“We need everybody to be as switched on defensively as we are offensively.”

Adam Gell puts his head in to win the ball. Pictures: Brian Murfield

Adam Gell puts his head in to win the ball. Pictures: Brian Murfield

The Blues’ next pre-season outing is at Pickering Town on Tuesday evening, 7.45pm kick-off.

“We go to Mill Lane every year and it’s always a game that we look forward to,” Bullock continued.

“The surface there is usually perfect for playing football on, so that will suit our game.

“At this stage of pre-season we need to be getting the lads who we think will make up the starting 11 when they league games kick-off as much time on the pitch as possible.

“The start of the season is now fast approaching, so our upcoming games against Pickering then Scarborough will very much be dress rehearsals for our first competitive fixture.”