Whitby Town to lose 30-goal top scorer Armstrong

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

Whitby Town’s 30-goal leading scorer Graeme Armstrong is moving on to pastures new, it has been announced.

Armstrong (30) announced that due to personal circumstances and work commitments, he is opting for a club closer to home – Darlington.

It is a huge blow for the Blues, who are also losing talented teenage keeper Shane Bland; he is due to start a four-year scholarship in the USA.

Whitby Town boss Darren Williams yesterday paid tribute to his top-scorer.

“Graeme has been fantastic for us all season,” he said.

“He has led by example and to be fair, he is a fantastic lad and a great lad to work with.

“We wish him all the best – he wants to be a bit closer to home. “It’s one of those things where you have to make a decision – hopefully it’ll work out for him. He’s a good friend and still will be.

“I don’t want to fall out over things that are done right and he has been honest and upfront and I respect that.”

Williams said the door was open for a return if things didn’t work out for Armstrong but wished him all the best. Armstrong was the third highest scorer in the EvoStik League last season with all 30 of his goals coming from open play. He took to socal media to thank everyone for making his time at Whitby Town FC so enjoyable.

Town have just enjoyed their highest league finish for eight years but boss Williams felt that dropped points, particularly early in the campaign, denied them a crack at promotion.

“I was a little bit disappointed because we deserved to be in the play-offs,” he said, “but we let ourselves down with draws and a hiccup of a run late on in the season.”