Wembley ace: Blues must change style of play

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A FORMER Whitby Town star who scored for the club at Wembley Stadium has warned no-one will turn up to watch them unless they change their current style of play.

Andy Toman (49) netted for the Blues in their 3-0 FA Vase final win over North Ferriby in 1997 - but he was shocked at what he saw when Whitby hosted Bradford Park Avenue in a recent league match.

Toman, who also played for Hartlepool United and Lincoln City during his professional career, claims the Whitby players were being asked to get the ball and launch it which he says is unfair on the fans.

And he warned that punters will stay away from the Turnbull unless the Blues, currently managed by the experienced Tommy Cassidy, play football again.

“It was get the ball and launch it – everything seems to be negative,” said Toman.

“Attendances aren’t the best at Whitby and I can understand why.

“I’ve always thought ‘Whitby play good football and if they lose, they lose’ but they are not even playing good football now.

“I feel the fans deserve more and they need to start playing football again to get people back through the turnstyles.

“You can go out on to a quagmire and you don’t want to play football but the pitch against Bradford Park Avenue wasn’t that bad.”

Whitby are hovering just above the Evo-Stik Premier drop zone, having drawn 1-1 at cup specialists Chasetown on Saturday.

Toman played three seasons for Whitby in the late 1990s before embarking on a managerial career which saw him take the hotseat at Peterlee, Guisborough Town and Seaham Red Star.

He is now working as a senior coach at Middlesbrough College and also delivers coaching courses for the Football Association.