Clean sweep for Blues striker

Whitby Town's leading scorer Graeme Armstrong will be hoping to add to his tally when the Blues travel to Matlock on Saturday
Whitby Town's leading scorer Graeme Armstrong will be hoping to add to his tally when the Blues travel to Matlock on Saturday
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Whitby Town striker Graeme Armstrong celebrated his “best-ever” season as he cleaned up at the club’s end-of-season awards presentation.

The 30-year-old ex-Blyth hitman’s dazzling form earned him the player of the year awards from both supporters, players and website voters, as well as the top scorer prize.

And he was quick to praise the efforts of his team-mates for the role they played in helping him reach 30 goals for the season.

“It’s been probably my best season for a lot of years and nice that all the goals came from open play,” Armstrong told the Whitby Gazette this week.

“We have a team of players who create a lot of goals and when you have that sort of service, you score goals.”

It is a major improvement for a player who thinks he may have tried too hard to impress when he first joined the club, hitting the post and bar time after time, but not always the back of the net.

“A lot of things seemed to conspire against me but I got on a roll and did okay after that,” he said.

“I came to the club and wanted to do really well and things really picked up.”

Armstrong believes the Blues are continuing to make good progress this season – which could have resulted in a play-off place, he believes, if it hadn’t been for too many dropped points early on.

“We’re building every year,” he said.

“We got 12th place last year which was an imprvement on flirting with relegation and up to ninth this season. Darren [Williams] has plans in place for next season too.

“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves by giving away a lot of late goals earlier this season.

“The top teams like Chorley win a lot of games 1-0 or 2-1.

“We’ve been the draw specialists and if you convert even half of those, you win an extra 14-16 points and by not doing so, that was detrimental to our progress.”

In the website player of the year award, dedicated to stalwart supporter Geoff Swales, second place went to departing keeper Shane Bland, with Dave McTiernan third.

There is a quiz in the Whitby Town club house on Wednesday May 7, 8pm start.