Whitby Town carried out a demolition job on their opponents on Tuesday night, as they ran out 4-1 winners over relegation battlers Halesowen Town. Paul Connolly takes us through five things we learned from the victory.
1) Mikey Roberts is finding his form again
Roberts put in another goalscoring performance, netting his second in three games.
Since his return from a loan spell at Guisborough Town, last season’s top goalscorer has looked sharp, and dangerous.
With goals starting to come and his confidence showing again, Roberts is going to be a big asset for Chris Hardy, with the games coming thick and fast in the promotion hunt.
2) Matty Tymon’s sending off was unwarranted
One sour point of the evening was the sending off for Tymon.
The centre-forward saw red after a scuffle with Asa Charlton, but despite both players being as bad as each other.
The most expected was two yellow cards, around the ground, but Tymon’s actions led to a red card, after kicking out, despite Charlton’s previous offences, just moments later.
With a straight red card, Tymon is likely to miss three games, starting with next week’s North Riding Senior Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough U23s.
3) Whitby’s dug in to turn the game around
In the earliest parts of the game, Whitby didn’t look to get out of the starting blocks, falling to an early goal.
However, the fighting spirit shone through, as Whitby dug deep to level matters, on the stroke of half-time.
With that goal came flowing confidence, and once Whitby pushed their opponents back, they looked dangerous with each attack, scoring goals of the highest quality to ensure a return to the top five.
4) The confidence is high
Over recent weeks, Whitby have looked out of sorts at times, but across Tuesday’s second half, they looked sharp and confident.
With every attack, Whitby looked full of intent and dangerous, with the forward players making Halesowen’s defence sweat.
This showed with another clinical performance, in a similar vein to that of the Marine performance in February.
Along with that, Andrew May and Adam Gell’s confidence levels are reflected in their recent performances, looking solid in the defence and midfield respectively.
With important games coming up, the side’s confident outlook will prove only to be positive, as they look to re-cement their play-off credentials.
5) Dale Hopson’s thirty goal target is looking realistic
Dale Hopson carried on his schooling of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League defences with another sterling display.
A defence-splitting pass to aid Mikey Roberts’ finish was easy on the eye, before Hopson himself got on the scoresheet, with a fantastic curling finish from 18 yards.
Hopson himself set a target of thirty goals for the season, and currently sits on a tally of 23, with nine games remaining.
With Hopson finding his best form going into the run-in, and setting his goals high, anything is possible for the NPL Show player of the year nominee.