Town boss rues missed chances

Whitby's Kieran Weledji holds off Adam Yates during Saturday's loss at Matlock. Pictures: Jason Chadwick
Whitby's Kieran Weledji holds off Adam Yates during Saturday's loss at Matlock. Pictures: Jason Chadwick

Whitby Town manager Darren Williams says a failure to put the ball in the back of the net cost his side in Saturday’s defeat at Matlock.

The Blues controlled the game for large periods and created a number of goalscoring opportunities in Derbyshire, but were hit with a sucker punch when Niall McMannus struck for the hosts in the 89th minute.

Ibby Hassan closes down Matlock's Joel Purkiss

Ibby Hassan closes down Matlock's Joel Purkiss

“Overall, the performance was brilliant,” Williams told the Whitby Gazette.

“We dominated from start to finish but just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net and unfortunately that’s what wins you football matches.

“We’ve had some really good chances as well and just snatched at them.

“It was one of those games where I think we could have carried on playing all day and we wouldn’t have scored.”

Richard Pell rises highest to thwart a Matlock attack

Richard Pell rises highest to thwart a Matlock attack

Such was his side’s dominance, Williams admitted that he would have been disappointed with a point before McMannus’ last-gasp strike.

He added: “Heading into the last few minutes I remember how disappointed I was thinking we would only come away with a draw, so to then end up losing the match is really hard to take.

“The only positive I can take from the game is that all the lads played well and we did produce a decent performance.”

Full match report and pictures in Friday’s Gazette.