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Shot stopper Norton believes competition is ‘healthy’

Whitby Town goalkeeper Jack Norton believes that competition for the number one jersey with Adam McHugh is healthy, knowing that he has to be at his best to keep his regular spot between the sticks.

Norton has been a consistent performer since his return to first-team action in December, and this past Saturday was a contender for Man of the Match after a solid display helping the Blues claim all three points against Grantham Town.

Norton admits the competition from McHugh is healthy, saying the two of them get on and are more than happy to see the other play.

Norton said: “For me the competition is healthy, we both get on well and are happy for each other when we play, I will always try and help Adam as much as I can in the warm-up and he does the exact same.

“Adam was as good as anyone else in the team when I was out injured, I know I’ve got to do my bit to stay in the side as if either of us slips up the other is ready to make that step up but ultimately the manager makes the decision.”

Since returning in December Norton has featured on a regular basis for Whitby, including the new years day victory over rivals Scarborough Athletic, but the keeper believes the side has been inconsistent in 2019.

“We’ve been a bit hot and cold recently, we’ve struggled for consistency,” the Blues gloveman added.

“If we play as we did against Scarborough we’d be right up there but the game at Buxton away I believe we were bullied out of the game.”

Whitby travel to Hyde United this coming weekend, and off the back of a positive result against Grantham, Norton is confident that if he and his teammates play to their best then they are more than capable of returning with three points.

“It will be a tough game, Hyde are a good side, I watched them at the Turnbull and I thought they looked like a tough opponent. It won’t be a walk in the park that’s for sure.

“They have a 3G pitch there as well, which they will train on and play on every week so they will be used to it. Teams that are used to the surfaces like to get the ball down and play along the floor.”

The win against Grantham saw manager Chris Hardy return to a three at the back system with wing-backs and Norton believes he’s capable of playing behind both defences, but also understands the importance of being vocal as a team.

“I don’t have a preference, we just play what we are told, which showed last Saturday as we looked solid,” the stopper concluded.

“I believe it’s not the formation we choose it’s about the personnel in front of me, I am more than happy to play behind either set up.

“Some player’s take the game so seriously that they don’t talk during the game, but personally for me, I like to be vocal. I need to be loud whether it’s my defender or my striker I need to be speaking to everyone.

“Alex (White) is a real voice, whereas Jass (Sukar) likes to focus on his game and get on with it, but overall everyone in the teams benefits from the vocal players in the squad.”