STEVEN Snaith bagged a brace as Whitby Town extended their impressive unbeaten run with a 3-1 victory at Chorley FC in the FA Trophy first qualifying round.
Darren Williams’ Blues have now recorded three wins and three draws from their last six games and find themselves in the next round of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy after a productive September.
Town were ahead as early as the sixth minute when Snaith made it two goals in as many games when he beat Chorley gloveman Jack Cudworth at his near post.
The visitors created a couple more chances to extend their lead in the opening exchanges but were eventually pegged back when John Cunliffe levelled things up with 35 minutes on the clock.
A quick free-kick sent Cunliffe scampering into the Whitby box and after rounding Nick Liversedge, the Chorley striker slotted home from a narrow angle.
Buoyed by their goal, the hosts began to turn the screw and ended the first half on top with Ciaron Kilheeney twice going close to putting them in front, Liversedge producing a superb reflex save to keep out the Chorley frontman’s second effort.
By contrast, the second half was relatively uneventful with neither side creating much by the way of chances.
With a replay looking imminent, Snaith took advantage of a defensive mix up to restore the Blues’ lead with just eight minutes of normal time remaining.
Cudworth collided with Andy Russell as he attempted to gather a high ball into his box and with the keeper out of position, Snaith’s bicycle kick deflected off Ashley Parillon into an unguarded net.
As the home side’s frustrations grew, Tom Ince was sent for an early bath and in the very last minute of the game substitute Shane Henry netted Whitby’s third with a strike from long range.
Not even the late introduction of former Blackburn Rovers star Matt Jansen was enough to save Chorley from becoming the latest victim of the Town revival.
Blues skipper Mark Robinson said Saturday’s game was a massive win for the club and that the lads were “absolutely buzzing” afterwards.
“Getting through these first few rounds of the cup competitions generates interest for the club, gets confidence going and hopefully we can take that into the league,” he said.
“No-one’s going to turn a good cup run down. Confidence is a massive thing in football and once you’re on a winning run, you want the games coming thick and fast.”
Robinson said the result has given the lads the belief they can go to Stalybridge tomorrow in the FA Cup and get a result, despite it being an away game and the opponents having a higher status.
“The manager went to see Stalybridge Tuesday night and said they are very beatable. Although our league position’s not healthy, our unbeaten run and cup form speaks for itself. There’s a big buzz even though we’re bottom and hopefully we will continue this run.”
Whitby Town: Liversedge, Hassan, Robinson, Burgess, James, White, Portas, McTiernan, Tait, Armstrong, Snaith.
Chorley 1 Whitby Town 3