Whitby Town Football Club

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Weledji believes defence has gelled together

Whitby Town’s versatile defender Kieran Weledji reached a landmark 150 appearances for the Blues in the 3-0 defeat away at Hyde United three weeks ago. Since this landmark the Blues have managed two wins only conceding twice in 180 minutes.

Weledji was part of the North Riding Senior Cup winning side in 2017 and is still enjoying his time with the Blues and believes that he and his defensive teammates have now completely taken shape.

Weledji said: “I feel as if we weren’t conceding too many goals before, but we were too inconsistent, with injuries and new faces coming in.

“It feels like we have gelled together now, and we are playing the way we should be.”

One of the toughest games of Whitby’s season was postponed this past weekend as the Blues were set to travel to title-chasing Warrington Town, but Weledji can see the positive and negatives of the situation.

Weledji said: “Yeah, it’s not a good thing as we were in a really good vein of form, it will be a tough game whenever we play them.

“But the rest is good for all of the lads, but we still trained just as hard and even got an extra session in on Saturday.”

The Blues now face what some people believe is an easy game as they host relegation-threatened Workington AFC but Weledji knows there are no easy games in this league.

Weledji said: “It’s not an easy game, no game is an easy game in this league, it’s all about turning up on the day for every game.

“They are fighting for survival so we have to come together as a group and put in all the effort we can to get the three points.”

Weledji has worked under manager Chris Hardy since joining Whitby, and with Hardy being offered a new contract this week by the club, Weledji believes its good news and a boost for the entire squad.

“Of course its good news, I’ve worked under Chardy (Chris Hardy) for the whole time I’ve been at Whitby, he makes it clear as a manager how he wants us to play a certain way.

“It’s a good move by the club, and its brilliant news for the lads,” Weledji added.