Blues leave it late to net crucial win

Mikey Roberts struck an 88th-minute winner as Whitby Town beat Buxton
Mikey Roberts struck an 88th-minute winner as Whitby Town beat Buxton

Mikey Roberts’ 88th-minute penalty earned Whitby Town a 1-0 victory over Buxton at the Turnbull Ground.

The result saw Chris Hardy’s side climb out of the Evo-Stik Premier Division’s relegation places, the Seasiders leapfrogging Stamford into 20th position in the league table.

“Today’s result proved to be an excellent three points and certainly goes some way to securing the necessary points tally we need to ensure our involvement in the Premier Division next season,”boss Hardy said.

“I feel that a well-drilled and organised shape gave us a platform for a positive result.

“Throughout the 90 minutes we ensured that we had a really solid shape, and this in turn gave us a license to attack in numbers and really go and look to maximise our points return.

“Albeit it was a late winner, and a penalty kick that broke the deadlock, but I felt this had been coming with some good momentum which saw a number of chances created prior to the goal.”

The game’s decisive moment arrived with just two minutes of normal time remaining when Roberts kept his cool from 12 yards to notch his 20th goal of the season following an incident which saw Buxton defender Chris Salt red-carded.

And Hardy was quick to recognise Roberts’ key contribution after his top-scorer came off the substitutes’ bench in the second half.

“I feel I must go on record to give a mention to Mikey who came off the bench and when this [penalty] opportunity came about had no hesitation in accepting and dispatching his spot kick.”

Full match report and pictures in Friday’s Gazette.