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Whitby Town defender Richard Pell (5) and put pressure on the AFC Fylde keeper'picture: Brian Murfield
Whitby Town defender Richard Pell (5) and put pressure on the AFC Fylde keeper'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town are seeking their first-ever victory over FC United of Manchester, at the tenth attempt, on Saturday (28 Sep).

The Blues visit Gigg Lane, Bury, hoping to continue their unbeaten run in the league, this season, which has yielded two wins and two draws, so far.

The Red Rebels were formed in 2005 following the Glazer takeover at Manchester United and allied to the increasing influence of television and other modern trends in football such as all-seater stadia.

They joined the North West Counties League – equivalent to the Northern League – winning a hat-trick of promotions that saw them in the NPL Premier, with Whitby, by 2008.

However, in the past three seasons, it’s been a hat-trick of play-off final set-backs for Karl Marginson’s men, with Bradford Park Avenue, Colwyn Bay and most recently, Hednesford Town, defeating the Mancunian oufit.

They reached the FA Cup Second Round in 2010, beating League Two Rochdale and taking League One Brighton and Hove Albion to a replay.

This season, United lie in mid-table after five wins, three defeats and a draw, they’ve also lost two of their last three league encounters, including a surprise 2-1 loss at manager-less and previously-winless Stafford Rangers, on Saturday.

The Seasiders are expecting to have a full squad available.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground for Gigg Lane, at 9.30am. Places are still just £10 each. If you want to travel with Whitby Town FC, call chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241344.