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Kieran Weledji on making 150 appearances for Whitby Town

Yesterday, defender Kieran Weledji made his 150th appearance in a Whitby Town shirt. Whilst the result was disappointing, the versatile player was delighted to reach that accolade for the Blues.

During his time with the club, Weledji has experienced some good and bad moments, the highlight being the North Riding Senior Cup victory at the Riverside Stadium in 2017.

Looking back on his time with the club as a whole, it seemed as if Weledji had some personal pride after reaching so many appearances for the club.

“It’s great to make 150 appearances,” Weledji said.

“For me, it’s a great personal achievement to make 150 appearances, not just for Whitby, but in this league. The result at Hyde dampens the feeling down a bit.

“But overall, the 150 appearances for me is a great milestone. I enjoyed the season where we finished sixth, just missing out on the play-offs but winning the cup at the Riverside was probably my best memory with the club.”

Looking back on the game against Hyde, the Seasiders were faced with some tricky attackers throughout, perhaps reflecting the 3-0 scoreline.

However, Weledji feels that the score didn’t exactly show the balance of play, but admitted that he and his defensive colleagues had a difficult afternoon at Ewen Fields.

“They had three pacy attackers,” the defender realised.

“I feel as if we found it difficult to cope so we weren’t at the races and we weren’t offensively either. Obviously the game finished 3-0, but I don’t feel it reflected the way we played.

“At the end of the day though, goals win games and Hyde scored and we didn’t. It pretty much sums up our season, the table says it all.”

Adding to his previous point, Weledji knew that Whitby’s season has been disappointing from the players’ point of view, with inconsistency proving key to Whitby’s current mid-table position.

With the current squad available to Chris Hardy, it feels all the more disappointing with the Blues looking to have a good squad for the level.

“We’re very inconsistent,” Weledji admitted.

“We win one, lose one, and occasionally draw but we all feel as if we have a good group of lads. We do all work hard and we feel that we should be higher than we are.

“I think we’ve just got to dig deep over the next few months and try to finish as high as we can. I know everyone’s working hard behind closed doors to try and strengthen the squad so hopefully the future will be bright.”

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