Perfect start sees Blues go top

Matty Waters, centre, is congratulated after opening the scoring against Stourbridge. Picture: Brian Murfield
Matty Waters, centre, is congratulated after opening the scoring against Stourbridge. Picture: Brian Murfield

A superb 4-0 home win over Stourbridge left Whitby Town top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division after the opening round of fixtures.

The victory was the Blues’ biggest on the first day of the season in 44 years, while you have to go back to 2010 for the last time they claimed three points from their opening game.

Adam Gell gets a shot away in Saturday's victory over Stourbridge. Picture: Brian Murfield

Adam Gell gets a shot away in Saturday's victory over Stourbridge. Picture: Brian Murfield

Saturday’s clash at the Turnbull Ground kicked-off some 20 minutes late after the visitors’ team bus was held up in traffic.

Despite the delay, Darren Williams’ side were quickly out of the traps, grabbing a sixth-minute lead when Matty Waters fired in the rebound after Charlie Price saved his initial effort.

There were no further goals before the interval with Strourbridge growing into the game as the half wore on, despite having suffered such an early blow.

The second half was just eight minutes old when Whitby’s second goal arrived, Ross Gardner’s cross-cum-shot looping over Price and into the net.

Mikey Roberts then claimed a first competitive goal for his new club, beating the visiting gloveman to a throughball and slotting into an empty net via a post to make the game safe at 3-0.

Substitute James Brown rounded things off in the 90th minute when presented with an open goal to shoot at after Ibby Hassan broke forward and dispossessed Price.

Amongst the goals, new signing Scott McCarthy, who was only confirmed as a Blues player on Friday, also made his debut from the bench to cap off an excellent afternoon for the Seasiders.

Full match report and pictures in Friday’s Gazette.