Blues striker Farrell has ‘Premier League instincts’

Craig Farrell, Whitby Town's new signing from Blyth Spartans'picture: Brian Murfield
Craig Farrell, Whitby Town's new signing from Blyth Spartans'picture: Brian Murfield
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WHITBY Town striker Craig Farrell has “the same instinct as a lot of Premier League strikers” according to club captain, Mark Robinson.

Farrell has been an instant hit at the Turnbull, scoring eight times after switching from rivals Blyth Spartans, where he’d already netted seven.

Robinson, who had a hand in the move, told the Whitby Gazette: “I’m really good friends with Faz, because I was at York with him, I used to room with him, so I knew what he was all about.

“When I knew we were interested in signing him, I spoke to Darren myself and obviously bigged him up.

“He’s been taught well. He was at Leeds as a youngster, he’s got that instinct, similar to a lot of the top strikers in the Premiership.

“In the past, we’ve missed a few, but when you see Craig in front of goal, all the lads and everyone at the club think he’s going to stick it away and he’s been doing that.

“He scores goals and works really hard for the team, I’d back him in front of goal against any side and it has taken a bit of pressure off us, but I think we’d all agree that, as a team, we can tighten up at the back.”

Mulligan himself is eighth in the list, with 11-goal Armstrong close by, Robinson also spares a thought for teenager Steven Snaith, battling to push through.

“Steven’s scored some great goals,” said Robinson.

“I felt a bit sorry for him in the cup game, because it was a fantastic goal and I think it went a bit unnoticed, with the result.

“He’s chomping at the bit, waiting for his chance - we’ve got a good squad now.”

Robinson, one of the Blues’ elder statesmen at 31, is enjoying working alongside some talented up-and-coming players, especially down his favoured left side, including 21-year-old Shane Henry and Ashley Corker (22), saying he’s happy just to get in.

“I’m not saying I’m getting old, I still feel fit,” he insists.

“My preferred position is left-back. Being captain, I can see a lot that’s going on in front of me and it’s nice to see a couple of the younger lads, with a bit more energy going forward, doing a great job for us.

“I’d like to give a big mention to Ash, we’re seeing what he can offer us now - the Marine game, he was man of the match by a country mile for me - we’re not worrying who we can put in there.

“Shane gives us legs, runs for the ball and makes up ground.

“I’m also pleased for Darren [Williams], because we went through a bit of a rough patch, when we were losing a few games and knowing he’s going to be judged on his team.

“He’s got in all the players in that he wants and the results over the past couple of months have been fantastic, so I’m pleased for Darren and Cammy as well.”