Blues aiming to slay Gladiators

Whitby Town's leading scorer Graeme Armstrong will be hoping to add to his tally when the Blues travel to Matlock on Saturday
Whitby Town's leading scorer Graeme Armstrong will be hoping to add to his tally when the Blues travel to Matlock on Saturday

Whitby Town travel to Matlock Town on Saturday aiming to secure a league double

Darren Williams’ side are chasing their second win of the season over their Derbyshire hosts after a 1-0 victory at the Turnbull Ground in December courtesy of a Graeme Armstrong goal.

Managed by former Premiership winner Mark Atkins, the Gladiators are on a poor run of late but hold a strong home record against Whitby, suffering just one defeat to the Seasiders at their Causeway Lane home.

That came in April 2012 as the Blues enjoyed back-to-back wins to ensure their NPL Premier Division survival.

“It’ll be a tough game there,” Williams admitted.

“We’ll give it our all, as we should do in every game.”

Back then, Whitby defeated Matlock’s nearby adversaries Buxton 48 hours after their Thursday night win up the road and it’s the Bucks who follow on Wednesday, at the Turnbull Ground.

Buxton pegged back Williams and his side, when the teams met in August, after Dave McTiernan had put Town ahead in the Peak District, the hosts eventually held Whitby 1-1.

The Matlock match, in line with all senior games in England on Saturday, will kick-off at 3.07pm after a minute’s silence to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The FA Cup semi-final where 96 Liverpool supporters died was abandoned at 3.06pm.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground for Matlock at 9.15am on Saturday. Contact chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241344 to reserve a place.

Kick-off at the Turnbull Ground for Buxton’s visit is 7.45pm with under-16s admitted free with a paying adult, Under-18s pay just £2, senior citizens £6 and adults £9.