Blues out of drop zone after Halesowen success

Mikey Roberts was once again among the goals as Whitby Town won 2-1 at home to Halesowen. Picture: Brian Murfield

Mikey Roberts was once again among the goals as Whitby Town won 2-1 at home to Halesowen. Picture: Brian Murfield

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Whitby Town moved out of the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation places courtesy of a 2-1 win over Halesowen.

Mikey Roberts struck twice in eight second-half minutes at the Turnbull Ground to secure a vital three points for Chris Hardy’s men.

And the victory saw them climb one place to 20th in the league standings after Marine lost 1-0 at home to Darlington, ex-Blue Kev Burgess doing his old team a favour by notching the Quakers’ winner.

Speaking after Saturday’s success, boss Hardy said: “Today’s win is an excellent three points, given the fact that we have now moved out of the relegation zone.

“On a difficult playing surface and with gale force winds to contend with, the result is all the more satisfying.

“On the back of some composed build up-play we certainly created more than our opponents and looked a threat on the back of the majority of our attacks.

“Over the 90 minutes I thought we edged the game and the boys were well worth the three points.”

Harrogate Town loanee Andrew McWilliams made his debut for the Seasiders on the left side of a back five, but there was no place in the squad for former Hartlepool United and York City attacker Ryan Brobbel who has left the club to join Welsh Premier League outfit TNS.

After a goalless opening period, Roberts broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half, only for Kaiman Anderson to level things up five minutes later.

Not to be denied, Roberts went straight down the other end and put Whitby back in front just 60 seconds after the Yeltz had gained parity.

Full match report and pictures by Brian Murfield online and in Friday’s Whitby Gazette.