Own goal sparks collapse

Craig Farrell brings the ball under control on his chest'picture: Brian Murfield
Craig Farrell brings the ball under control on his chest'picture: Brian Murfield
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INJURY-ravaged Whitby Town produced one of the best first half displays of the year on Wednesday night, until an unfortunate own goal on the stroke of half-time sparked a drastic reversal of fortunes.

A harmless looking scuffed shot bounced into the net off defender Alex White to give opponents AFC Fylde an unexpected lead.

Whitby defender Alex White is unlucky as the ball hits him and goes in for an own goal to give AFC Fylde the lead'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby defender Alex White is unlucky as the ball hits him and goes in for an own goal to give AFC Fylde the lead'picture: Brian Murfield

Skipper Mark Robinson said: “It was one of the our best 45 minutes considering the heavy conditions, we were playing some great stuff but it was the worst time to concede before half-time.

“We were disappointed with the goal but still upbeat about the second half.”

However, on 57 minutes, the Blues suffered a fresh blow when Ibby Hassan was penalised for a shove in the back and to everyone’s surprise, a penalty was awarded - none of the Fylde players appealed.

With the spot-kick tucked away, Robinson admitted that goal “knocked the stuffing out of us” and that heads started to drop. Poor defending allowed play-off challengers Fylde to add a furthertwo goals for an emphatic 4-0 win which severely limits Whitby’s own faint play-off hopes.

“We needed a few more people to stand up second half and it didn’t happen but we have to forget that one and move on to the next game tomorrow.”

Morale wasn’t lifted by an already threadbare squad being hampered by further injuries to Robinson as well as striker Graeme Armstrong and midfielder Dave McTiernan. Boss Darren Williams said: “ We financially cannot keep a big squad.

“Unlike teams like Fylde, we have no facilities for reserve games and if you get any injuries you are scrambling around for players.”

Whitby Town: Liversedge, Hassan, Robinson (c), Purewal, White, McTiernan, Portas, Henry, Farrell, Snaith, Corker.

Subs: Mulligan (White), Hugill (Snaith), Williams (McTiernan).

Attendance: 203