Whitby Town head into cup clash full of confidence

Kieran Weledji scores for Whitby Town against Workington
Kieran Weledji scores for Whitby Town against Workington

Whitby Town’s Kieran Weledji believes that he and his teammates will go into Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Penistone Church with confidence after the 1-1 draw with Workington.

The Blues have endured a tough start to their Evo-Stik Premier campaign, having lost four of their opening six matches.

This weekend however, provides a break from league action as Chris Hardy’s side travel to Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Penistone Church.

Weledji, who opened the scoring against the Reds, says that the side will take positives going forward, but expects a tough game on Saturday.

“The point on Monday gives us a boost,” Weledji told the Whitby Gazette.

“It’s a boost that we don’t just take into the cup game, but the league games too.

“Saturday gives us a chance to carry that on.

“It’s a bit of a lose-lose situation for us. If we win, people will say that we should have won and if we lose, people will make a point of it

“It’ll be tough. The lads are confident though. We’ll go into it looking for a win as you always want a good cup run.

“If we go through we have the chance to play some big teams. At this level, you want to be playing those teams. It’s good for the club, supporters, players and town.”

Weledji, originally a defender, has had a good start to the campaign after moving up front, scoring twice since the start of the season and is aiming to continue his recent form.

“I like the position and running in behind the defence,” Weledji added.

“I enjoy being involved with attacking play and hopefully I can carry on scoring on Saturday and over the coming weeks.”

A fans’ bus leaves the Turnbull Ground at 9:30am on Saturday. Places cost £10 and can be booked through Graham Manser on 07966 241 344.