Blues' boss orders big improvement
Published Date: 29 August 2008
By Duncan Atkins
WHITBY Town joint boss Phil Brumwell is calling for a big improvement following a wretched start to the season which sees his team pointless and virtually propping up the league.
The Blues have lost to Buxton, Frickley, Matlock and Kendal in a nightmare start to their UniBond Premier campaign and took five hours until they found the net, against Kendal on Monday.
But the good news is the Blues have finally landed midfielder Jimmy Beadle on loan from York City for an initial period of one month.
Beadle (20) goes straight into tomorrow's squad to play FC United of Manchester.
"Hopefully he will add a bit of steel," said Brumwell.
"We've been chasing him for a while and Graeme Clark has done a lot of work getting him in."
Brumwell is now hoping the Blues will improve their results and performances as they bid to zoom up the table.
"It's not good enough in the club's and the supporters' eyes," he said. "We've played four average sides – not outstanding sides – but they've worked hard, been organised and we're not dealing with route one balls over the top.
"We're getting punished due to individual errors and not defending properly as a team.
"The club expects more, we expect more and the lads were devastated after losing to Kendal."
The 3-2 home defeat to the Cumbrians leaves the Blues bottom but one of the premier division, with only Prescot Cables below them on goal difference.
A hat-trick of defensive blunders contributed to Whitby's downfall as they found themselves two down inside five minutes.
"At 2-0 down it's an uphill challenge. It was the same sort of goals, with a long ball over the top, which we haven't dealt with for the first four games," said Brumwell.
"In the second half I couldn't fault the lads, they were energetic and looked like they could create something."
Tomorrow, the Blues visit newcomers FC United of Manchester in a game which is expected to attract a large turnout.
"You can go to some terrible places in this league but going to Gigg Lane in front of a big crowd, personally I would see it as a morale booster," said Brumwell.
"We did that last season at AFC Telford and we rose to it.
"We will be playing in front of a big crowd at a league standard stadium and I hope some of the younger lads don't freeze.
"We will be fighting to go there for a win and then we've got Ossett Town at home on Wednesday so we need to start picking up points."
A supporters' bus for tomorrow's game leaves the club house at 10am but supporters must book.