Blues aim to bounce straight back

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Whitby make the 380-mile round-trip to second-placed Hednesford Town, this Saturday, aiming to bounce back from Tuesday’s disappointment.

Without striker Craig Farrell, Darren Williams’ men went down 2-1 in Cheshire midweek, their first league defeat on their travels, since November.

Williams is relieved the Hednesford trip is on a weekend, meaning players won’t be worrying about getting away from work in time to travel.

“There’ll be no-one off work so we won’t lose out there”, he said. “Obviously they’re a great outfit, they’re a good side. They’re there on merit and on consistency.”

He added: “They’ve slipped up a few times, but they got a good result on Wednesday night.”

The West Midlands outfit trail leaders North Ferriby United by two points, with both having six games left.

Striker Steven Snaith (18) is also looking forward to locking horns with the ex-Conference club, after netting his sixth goal of the campaign, against Kendal Town, last weekend.

“Hopefully, we’ll go down there, give them a good game, a good run for their money and hopefully get three points, if not a point,” he said.

“I think we need to get the unbeaten run going again- that’s what its all about - get the confidence going, get the morale going.”

Despite a couple of draws in their last four outings, the Pitmen have only lost once in 18 matches.

Blues physio Kenny Bolton recommended Farrell didn’t play in Tuesday’s game at Nantwich, after struggling with a groin injury, but is hoping the 30-year-old frontman makes it back for the trip to Keys Park tomorrow.

Whitby are seeking to redress the balance after a 2-0 defeat at the Turnbull Ground, in November.

The Blues then host another Staffordshire side when Stafford Rangers visit the Turnbull, this Wednesday, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

15th-placed Rangers have just one league win in 11 and that came against bottom club Eastwood Town, who were officially relegated, after Stocksbridge’s midweek victory over Stafford.

There’ll be a quick chance of revenge for one side, as they meet in the return, at Stafford, on the final day of the season, now Saturday 5 May.

Wednesday is one of three successive home games, with Eastwood Town to follow on Saturday week, following by Ilkeston’s visit on Wednesday 24 April- the final match of this season at the Turnbull.

Admission is £9 adults, £5 concessions and just £2 for under 18s. Under 16s get in free, when accompanied by a paying adult.

The club have also confirmed this season’s replica shirts have now been slashed to £20 each - for those buying in person at the three remaining home matches - and £24, including postage and packing, for online orders, via whitby-town.com.

l Ashley Corker has swapped the Yorkshire coast for the west of Australia, after departing Whitby Town this week.

The former Middlesbrough junior has joined up with Perth Soccer Club after scoring twice in 12 starts for the Seasiders.

Corker signed for Whitby last October, following his release from League Two Northampton Town.

Blues player-boss Darren Williams told whitby-town.com it was the right move for the 22-year-old.

“It was something he had to do for his own mind,” he said.

“Good luck to him - we haven’t fallen out over anything - we had a good discussion before he went.

“It’s a decision that had to be made and had to be done.”

Williams insists the move willnot leave Town short for their final seven games, with the transfer deadline passed.

“Not in particular”, Williams claims. “We’ve got Glen Lane from Sunderland, but he’s got a slight niggle at the moment.

“We’ve a good squad and plenty of people to come in.”