WHITBY Town finally landed their first EvoStik League win of the season on Wednesday night as Nathan Mulligan’s double saw off Grantham Town.
Striker Mulligan (26) put the Blues ahead midway through the first half and added a second from the spot after a foul which saw Gingerbreads’ keeper Jimmy Lindley sent off.
“We needed that win, we deserved a couple on past results and we just haven’t been able to get one over the line,” Mulligan told the Whitby Gazette.
“We are a good team, just the results have been harsh because we’ve played really good sides.
“We’ve always been there and thereabouts in games, just the odd goal has killed us, but we’re there now with three points in the bag.”
With a five-strong forward line - fit-again Jordan Hugill (20) has gone on a temporary loan to Northern League Marske United - Mulligan thinks keeping things tight will be the key this term, as it was in midweek.
He added: “If we keep clean sheets, we’ll score goals, because we have the players that can do that.
“I knew I was going to score goals this year and I’ve started well, so long may it continue.”
Whitby boss Darren Williams is hoping his side can kick on from that first victory, which came at the ninth attempt.
“I’d like to think so”, he said, “but I don’t want to pile too much pressure on.
“Psychologically, it gives you a lift.”
The Blues might need it with Saturday’s visitors Nantwich Town winning six of the clubs’ last seven meetings.
Williams remembers their 5-4 win at the Turnbull, last December, despite Whitby racing into an early 3-0 lead.
“It was a great game, at the time, then everything caved in for us,” he said.
“But it’s a different season, as we’ve seen by the results in the last few weeks, teams are beating teams where you just wouldn’t expect it.”
Whitby will be hoping bogey side Nantwich continue their recent slump when Jimmy Quinn’s men visit.
The Cheshire outfit went down 5-0 at home to Worksop last weekend, who in turn, lost 3-2 to strugglers Eastwood on Wednesday, despite leading 2-0.
This coming after the Dabbers turned over leaders Rushall Olympic and promotion-chasers FC United of Manchester during a run of three wins from four matches, just last month.
Despite sitting eighth in the Evo-Stik Premier, Nantwich are the only side in the top 13 with a negative goal difference and only three teams in the division have conceded more than their 19 goals. The North West club have played 11 games, three more than some rivals.
After a fiery clash on Wednesday night, the Seasiders were left with knocks to man-of-the-match Shane Henry, Tom Portas (dead leg) and Graeme Armstrong (ankle). However physio Kenny Bolton is expecting all three to recover in time for the weekend’s duel.
Admission for Saturday’s game is £9 adults, £5 concessions and £2 under 16s. Kick-off is 3pm.
To celebrate non-League Day, Whitby Town FC have offered free tickets to a number of schools in the area and there will also be a supporters’ match between Whitby and Nantwich supporters.
The Blues then travel to Worksop Town this coming Wednesday evening, with a 7.45pm kick-off.
The Tigers’ Leon Mettam is one of few forwards to match Mulligan’s six-goal league haul, though the inconsistent Notts side already have two home defeats, including the Eastwood capitulation. But they also slammed four past heavily-fancied Hednesford, with no reply, recently.
Those wishing to travel with the club, should see chairman Graham Manser on Saturday. Seats are still just £10 each and the bus leaves at 4pm.
There is a dominoes drive in the club house Friday night, 8pm.