Whitby Town Football Club

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Hat-trick hero Ashley Coffey is ‘feeling fitter every game’

This past Saturday saw Whitby Town record a fanatic 6-1 win over struggling North Ferriby United, with a great display from the four attackers on the day, but one man, in particular, striker Ashley Coffey, impressed with his first league goals for the club.

Coffey hit a first-half hat-trick for the Blues, as well as winning a penalty which was converted by fellow striker Greg Rutherford, helping the Blues lead 4-0 at full time. Coffey didn’t find the net in the second half but still impressed before being substituted in the 70th minute to a standing ovation.

The performance was exactly what Coffey has been after since his return to football after a 14-month injury keeping him out of the side until December last year.

Coffey said; “I was buzzing, to be honest, I was actually speaking to a mate earlier in the day saying I really wanted a goal to boost my confidence but to get three was a great achievement.”

Having scored twice already Coffey was fouled midway through the first-half winning a penalty but to the surprise of many Coffey didn’t step up to confirm his hat-trick, and club regular Dale Hopson wasn’t stood over the ball either, instead Greg Rutherford, who was unfortunately denied earlier after a superb solo run, who stepped up for the Blues.

“Greg grabbed the ball straight away, but I didn’t even think about it as I thought Dale would be taking it, but Greg asked if he could take it and promised me I’d get another.

“I was pleased for Greg as he did well for my second and he probably should have scored from it.” Coffey said.

Coffey may not have added a fourth and still performed well but ultimately was substituted with 20 minutes left to play, but with a big challenge of South Shields, this upcoming Saturday Coffey understood Chris Hardy’s choice to rest the striker.

Coffey said; “We were 6-0 up, I’d scored three and I think he just wanted to give me a rest for Saturday, but with I’m feeling fitter every game, but I still have a long way to go yet.

“I’ve got the enjoyment back now, and I just want to to be playing all the time as I’m working all the time to get back to where I was before, I can feel the progression each week.”

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to South Shields, Coffey spoke about a repeat of New Years day derby day victory taking place as there is no pressure on him and his teammates.

“Yesterday (Tuesday) at training I was speaking to Leon (Scott) about the fact there is no pressure on us going into the game as no one is expecting us to win, it’s similar to the Scarborough game on New Years Day.”