Postie Farrell bags feelgood factor for Blues

Graeme Armstrong puts the Worksop keeper under pressure'picture: Brian Murfield
Graeme Armstrong puts the Worksop keeper under pressure'picture: Brian Murfield
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WHITBY’S Town’s prolific postman Craig Farrell continues to stamp his authority on the Evo-Stik Premier, with ten strikes in his last seven outings, but the 17-goal striker feels the creativity from players around him has been a big factor in this season’s success.

The ex-Carlisle forward told the Whitby Gazette: “They’re all good footballers- not just workers - they can get their foot on the ball, they can create chances for us.

“Tom [Portas]’s set up a lot of my goals. I feel if I am going to get the chances, at the minute, I’m going to put them away.”

Farrell also praised his strike-partner Graeme Armstrong who has weighed in with five goals from his last five games.

“We both put a shift in for the side and we both like to play with our back to goal, but there’s been a balance there.

“He set my first goal up on Saturday and I set his first goal up, the game before that.

“We play together as a partnership rather than individuals and it’s definitely proving fruitful.”

Farrell adds: “With strikers, you always go through spells where you feel like you’re not going to miss and unfortunately, you go through spells where you think you’re never going to score.

“At the minute, I feel like I’m going to score in every game and long may that continue.”

Farrell, who began last season at AFC Telford in the Conference Premier, eventually finished the campaign at Blue Square North Hinckley United, a promotion away from the Blues.

“There is a difference in standard, there’s no point in saying there isn’t”, he said.

“The difference is the good sides in the league above are a lot stronger than the good sides in the Evo Stik League.

“We’re climbing the table, we’ve won our last four games. If we carry on the form we’re in, then you never know, do you?”

As the Seasiders visit Nantwich’s Weaver Stadium, a ground where they’ve never won, player-manager Darren Williams is enjoying the taste of success after seven league games unbeaten.

“I said to the lads, this squad now is kind-of like your favourite meal,” he said.

“You’ve got all the right ingredients, you love it to bits, we’ve got a bit of fight, a bit of flair, we’ve got people who score goals, we’ve got people who work hard.

“It makes life so much easier, not only for myself, but for each other, because everyone brings something different.”

Williams is also unconcerned by his side’s poor history of just two wins in nine games against the Dabbers, who some might call a bit of a bogey side for the Blues.

“I’ve heard that a few times this season,” he countered.

“Thankfully, we’ve been lucky enough to change that. Hopefully, this is another one to get over and we can change the record.

“I know they took a beating by Hednesford but when teams do take a beating like that, you’re always expecting a backlash, so we need to be on our toes. We’ll hopefully continue in the direction we’re going in.”

The Cheshire outfit are just one place above the Blues, who will leapfrog them and possibly Rushall Olympic, into 13th, with victory on Saturday.

Managed by ex-Reading marksman Jimmy Quinn, the north west club have just two home league wins all season and are indebted to Sean Cooke for his 14 goals, which included a spectacular winner at the Turnbull Ground, in October.

They fell behind within 48 seconds of the weekend’s 3-0 defeat at second-placed Hednesford, while Whitby’s four straight league wins suggest much better recent form. Williams will be hoping wingers Nathan Mulligan (knee ligaments) and Ash Corker (ankle) can shrug off their injuries before the trip.

Admission at the Weaver Stadium is £9 adults, £6 concessions and £2 under 16s, with kick-off 3pm. A supporters’ coach will be travelling from the Turnbull Ground, seats £10. For more information, or to book your place, contact chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241344.