James Martin believes Whitby Town have the recipe for success

After completing a move to Whitby Town last summer, James Martin admitted that he was frustrated that his first campaign with the Seasiders came to an abrupt end.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 12:15 pm
READY TO RETURN: Whitby Town’s James Martin

The wide-man arrived at the club following his departure from Whitley Bay and he was beginning to find his feet in a Town shirt.

The former Hartlepool United man believed that his team were onto good things before the season was curtailed and he cannot wait to get going again.

“I thought we were doing well,” Martin told The Whitby Gazette. “I think that it was a shame because we were doing well, especially at home where our form was really good.

“What I find most frustrating is the fact that I felt that it would have been a good year for us.”

He added: “I think I’m as disappointed as everyone else. We’ve all been used to playing football every Saturday throughout the season. To suddenly lose that again after we’d waited so long to get it back last year speaks for itself.

“Saturdays have become so strange now so it’s a case of trying to find things to do, when you’re usually occupied and up early to go and play football.

“On top of that, there’s also the fact that the lads haven’t seen each other for a while so it will be nice to get back and see everyone and hopefully return to a bit of normality.”

Having made the move from the Northern League in the PitchingIn Northern Premier League (NPL) last year, the youngster made a courageous decision to take a big step up the football pyramid.

Martin believes that he has thrived in the new division and feels that he settled in quickly to the style of play, whilst also stating that those involved at the club aided his bright start.

“It was a big thing for me making the step up, but I knew a few of the players from the season before at Whitley Bay,” he explained. “They helped me settle in well, but so did the other lads who I didn’t know.

“I’d say that my performances were ok and I was happy with how things were going and it always helps when everyone at the club helps you to settle.

“The gaffers and the players have been great, but also those who work off the pitch running the club. That probably had its impact on my performances as well.”

As lockdown lifts, non-elite sides can now return to training and the Blues’ management will take advantage of this by introducing some light sessions in the coming weeks.

Martin added: “Training starts back soon which gives a good feeling.

“It will be great to have a ball back at our feet and will help things feel a bit more normal and it will be the start of us getting back into football which is what we all want to do again.”