Blues to face Blyth in Trophy test

Whitby Town's Kieran Weledji fights for the ball during Saturday's FA Trophy win at Workington. Pictures courtesy of Cumbrian Newspapers.
Whitby Town's Kieran Weledji fights for the ball during Saturday's FA Trophy win at Workington. Pictures courtesy of Cumbrian Newspapers.

Whitby Town’s reward for Saturday’s FA Trophy win at Workington is a trip to north east rivals Blyth Spartans on November 14.

The Spartans, who currently sit top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division, have already beaten the Seasiders twice this season, 2-0 at the Turnbull Ground last week, and 3-2 on home turf in August.

“We always have to do things the hard way,” said Blues boss Darren Williams of the Second Round Qualifying draw.

“Cup draws really have not been kind to us in recent seasons, but we’ll take anybody.

“A home tie would have been nice as we’re looking to go on a bit of a run.

“The prize money is obviously huge for the club, but a cup run can be a real boost on the pitch as well.”

Town set up their meeting with Blyth after a 3-0 victory in Cumbria at the weekend, a comprehensive result that Williams feels “had been coming.”

Ryan Brobbel played in Matty Waters to fire the Blues into the lead after 24 minutes, and Lee Mason added a second goal just before half-time.

A third goal arrived in the 65th minute when a Workington corner was cleared to Brobbel who played a neat one-two with Waters before slotting past Reds keeper Jonny Jamieson.

“I was very pleased with the performance, a result like that is long overdue, but it had definitely been coming,” Williams added.

“Despite the bad run that we’ve been on, the performances have been good in a lot of the games, we just haven’t had the results to match them.

“We’ve maybe not had the rub of the green or whatever, but everything came together at Workington, we looked in control and could have scored more goals.

“We changed the shape of the team, which made a difference, but I think that the key was taking our chances, while a clean sheet is also something that’s very satisfying.”

Full match report and pictures in Friday’s Gazette.