Blues too good four another Manchester foe

Whitby Town extended their perfect record in Greater Manchester with a breath-taking forward showing last night (Wed).

The Blues fell behind, however, on 10 minutes when Chris Lynch fired past Shane Bland. But the Seasiders roared back in style when Craig Farrell hammered home a remarkable 35-yard free-kick.

Then came a frenetic four-minute spell early in the second half as Lee Mason converted from a short corner to put the visitors ahead, but Kayde Coppin hit back on the hour, levelling the scores.

Only two NPL Premier forwards have netted more than Graeme Armstrong this season and the ex-Blyth marksman was at it again, reinstating Town’s advantage within two minutes.

Strike-partner Farrell was keen to keep up and his second, another ferocious free-kick, gave Whitby some breathing space, with 13 minutes left.

Not that Darren Williams’ men were about to do things the easy way as Coppin replied again, eight minutes from time, but Town clung on.

Williams revelled in a tremendous display of attacking football.

“Craig Farrell’s took his free-kicks fantastically, Graeme Armstrong turned a half-decent cross into a fantastic finish and Lee Mason’s got his head over the ball and finished well,” he said.

Williams continues to be puzzled as to the Blues’ much-better away showings this term, particularly around the Manchester region, with Trafford, Droylsden and FC United of Manchester also put to the sword.

“It’s a good hunting ground for us at the moment,” he said.

“I’d like to put my finger on it, but I don’t think we’ll ever get to the bottom of it. It’s important we turn our home form around and start picking up a lot more points .”

Whitby Town: Bland, Hassan, Robinson, Burgess, Bullock, McTiernan, Henry, Mason (Mulligan 80), Armstrong (Snaith 80), Farrell, Rundle (Portas 70).

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