First half horror show leads to FA Cup woe

West Auckland score their second in Tuesday night's FA Cup replay against Whitby Town'picture: Brian Murfield
West Auckland score their second in Tuesday night's FA Cup replay against Whitby Town'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town player-manager Darren Williams was furious with his side’s display, on Tuesday night, as they fell to a 4-1 defeat to Northern League side West Auckland.

The Blues were left with a mountain to climb after theiir Northern League hosts cruised into a four-goal lead by half-time.

Even though in-form Graham Armstrong pulled on eback early in the second half, Whitby went crashing out of the FA Cup in the first qualfying round.

“You can make excuses for the performances, but not for the work-rate,” Williams told the Whitby Gazette.

“We showed nothing in the first half. There was no desire or commitment from the players. The work-rate just wasn’t there.

“I won’t take anything away from West Auckland. They worked harder than us and looked to have more desire.

“They wanted it more.”

Whitby were without Richard Pell and Nathan Mulligan, who both missed out due to a sickness bug.

It was West Auckland who had the better of the early stages, racing into lead through captain Mattie Moffat.

Some good work from Luke Carr saw the ball played down the line to Moffat, who saw his effort curl around Cook into the bottom corner, breaking the deadlock in the 7th minute.

Moffat doubled West’s lead, just minutes later.

John Campbell burst down the right, crossing the ball to Moffat, converted past Cook for a second time, doubling the host’s advantage.

It was soon 3-0, with Whitby crumbling remarkably. Ibby Hassan was caught out of position, as Briggs slotted the ball through to Thompson.

He got a clear run into the box and cleared the ball over the head of the onrushing Cook. On the stroke of half-time, the hosts finally got the fourth goal they had been craving.

Brian Close fed a ball through to Campbell, who in turn played in a testing cross to Moffat, who lost his man and placed the ball across on-rushing ‘keeper Mark Cook to complete a first-half hat-trick.

The goal that didn’t seem to be coming finally arrived.

Mark Robinson broke down the left, crossed in from deep and found an unmarked Graeme Armstrong, who headed low across a rooted Atkinson to throw Whitby a very faint lifeline, 10 minutes after the restart.

Whitby Town: Cook, Hassan, Robinson, Burgess (Mason 45), Bullock, McTiernan, Henry, Portas (Snaith 58), Armstrong, Farrell, Rundle (Evans 74).

Subs not used: Williams, Bland (GK), Dixon.

* This weekend, Whitby are at home to AFC Fylde, looking for a first home win this season. Kick-off is 3pm. Stocksbridge are the visitors next Wednesday night, 7.45pm kick-off.

In a rearranged game, Whitby go to FC United of Manchester a week on Saturday.

West Auckland 4 Whitby Town 1