Whitby Town coasted through the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Widnes FC at the Halton Stadium, ensuring their place in Monday’s Draw.

Whitby secured their place in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a third successive clean sheet accompanied by a clinical attacking display which saw top-scorer Bradley Fewster open the scoring for the Blues before three second-half goals from Dan Rowe, Matthew Dixon and Dale Hopson secure the victory for Whitby.

Former Scarborough Athletic midfielder Dixon joined the Blues this summer and believed he and his teammates had to be patient throughout the match as there wasn’t much difference between the two sides.

“I don’t think there was too much difference between the teams, I think we just took our chances better but we had to be patient today with our shape.

“I thought the scoreline maybe was a bit flattering but I thought they were quite a good side they knocked it about.

“I thought as a whole we kept our shape well and took our chances on the break but to get through to the next round is what we came here to do,” said Dixon.

Dixon managed to score his first goal since swapping seaside clubs in the summer and was more than pleased as finishing is something he has been trying to add to his game. 

“It’s something I’ve tried to add to my game, scoring a few goals.

“I’ve come close in a couple of the previous games so to finally get off the mark, hopefully, it’ll keep flowing,” said Dixon.

As well as Dixon once again Fewster was on the scoresheet for Whitby and Dixon believes is the rest of the side create chances Fewster will keep scoring.

“Fewster has been on fire, I’ve played with him before and if the rest of us behind him create chances he’ll score 30 goals easily, which hopefully he can go on and do,” Dixon added. 

Having secured a place in the next round Dixon is hoping for a home tie against a small opponent allowing the Blues to go as far as possible in the FA Cup reaping all the financial rewards possible.

“I just hope we get a home tie, I’d like someone easy really just to get through the round an hopefully we can get as far as we can and as near to that first round as possible.

“The magic is still there in the FA Cup for the non-league sides as it does mean a lot and the money can go a long way to helping both on and off the pitch so hopefully we can do that for the club,” said Dixon.

With no midweek fixture, Dixon and his teammates now have a week to rest before the Blues host Hyde United at The Towbar Express Stadium and the midfielder is hoping some of his teammates can look to return from the sidelines.

“The gaffer has just given us Tuesday off so I think everyone is looking forward to that for a bit of a break but hopefully the boys like Greg (Rutherford), Whitey (Alex White) and other people can get back fit and only strengthen us more,” Dixon added.