This is in no small part down to the Seasiders' extraordinary away record.
Town, FA Vase winners two years ago and Unibond First Division champions last season, have not lost away from home this season and only once in the last two campaigns, a record extended on Saturday with victory at Aylesbury in the FA Trophy.
The Ducks, whose F A Cup exploits earned them national fame not so long ago, had themselves lost only once at home this season and lead the Ryman League by a point. None the less, they could not find a way past Whitby, even though the Yorkshire side had a man sent off only five minutes into the second half.
Judging by the circumstances of their winning goal, Whitby are clearly blessed with such luck on their travels that they should adopt St Christoper as club mascot.
With five minutes left, the fourth-round tie was still goalless and heading for a replay. But then Graeme Williams crossed from the right flank, the ball evaded everyone and after striking the far post rebounded in off the Aylesbury goalkeeper.Reuse content