Blues win at last

Mikey Roberts is congratulated by manager Darren Williams after his hat-trick helped Whitby Town to a 4-2 win over Ilkeston. Pictures: Brian Murfield.
Mikey Roberts is congratulated by manager Darren Williams after his hat-trick helped Whitby Town to a 4-2 win over Ilkeston. Pictures: Brian Murfield.

Whitby Town produced a fine display to beat Ilkeston 4-2, bringing to an end an 11-match winless streak.

It looked like it was going to be another bad day at the office for Darren Williams’ men when Lee Ndlovu crashed the ball into the roof of the Town net with less than five minutes played at the Turnbull Ground.

Dave McTiernan in action versus Ilkeston

Dave McTiernan in action versus Ilkeston

The Blues were back on terms within six minutes however, Mikey Roberts firing home his first goal in six games.

Both sides had chances to seize the initiative before Whitby eventually did, Dave McTiernan netting following a corner, with half-time just moments away.

Town were then awarded a penalty seconds later, but for the third time in five games they failed to convert, Matthew Waters the latest Blues player to miss from 12 yards when his effort came back off a post.

It was not to prove a costly miss however, Roberts putting the Seasiders 3-1 up early in the second period.

Dave McTiernan celebrates putting Whitby Town 2-1 up against Ilkeston

Dave McTiernan celebrates putting Whitby Town 2-1 up against Ilkeston

Less than 10 minutes later, Roberts completed his hat-trick and took his tally for the season to nine goals, handing Williams’ men a three-goal cushion in the process.

JJ Blake converted a penalty for the Robins in the closing stages, but that was as good as it got for the visiting side and Whitby saw the game out to claim a valuable three-point haul.

Full match report and reaction, plus additional pictures by Brian Murfield in Friday’s Gazette.

Matty Waters' effort beats the Ilkeston goalkeeper, but came back off the crossbar

Matty Waters' effort beats the Ilkeston goalkeeper, but came back off the crossbar