Blues battle wealthy Fylde

The Chorley keeper hangs on under Whitby pressure'picture: Brian Murfield
The Chorley keeper hangs on under Whitby pressure'picture: Brian Murfield
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Whitby Town take on another top-three side this weekend when well-to-do AFC Fylde host them in West Lancashire.

Only Chorley have a more miserly defence than the Vase-winning West Coast club, formerly known as Kirkham and Wesham, who defeated the Blues 2-1, at the Turnbull Ground, last month.

Fylde’s millionaire chairman David Haythornthwaite has unveiled plans to build a new stadium, by junction 3 of the M55 motorway.

Fylde only moved from their former Kirkham home in 2005. It’s part of a proposed 32-acre development of sports facilities, education, retail and warehousing, they plan to open in September next year.

Tuesday night’s FA Trophy replay win at Evo-Stik First Division North Kendal Town was only Fylde’s second victory in six games, but Blues boss Darren Williams isn’t concerned about the North West side’s form.

“You can’t dwell on it too much because we’ve been in that position where we were expected to struggle and ended up winning,” he said.

Williams also isn’t fazed by their hosts’ lofty second place in the Northern Premier, adding: “We can beat any team in the league on our day.

“Their pitch is very good – it’s on a par with ours – and some we look forward to playing.”

Williams withdrew centre-half Richard Pell at half-time against Chorley, following the beanpole defender’s recent return from injury.

“It was obviously precautionary on Saturday, his calf was a bit tight,” Williams revealed. “He held his hands up and said he was only about half there and couldn’t get about.”

Williams admitted midfielder Tom Portas just needs more time on the pitch.

“Tom’s just missing match sharpness,” he said.

“Saturday was ideal as he got 45 minutes.”

Admission at Kellamergh Park is £9 adults, £6 concessions and free for armed forces, under 16s and accompanied under 12s. A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull on Saturday at 8.45am, with places £10 each. Call chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241344 to book your seat.

The Seasiders are then in action on Wednesday at Worksop Town.

The Tigers turned Town over 5-2, in September and currently lie ninth, three places, but just two points, above the Blues.

Top-scorers Jack Muldoon, Tom Denton and last month’s hat-trick hitter Leon Mettam

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have netted 27 strikes between them for the Nottinghamshire outfit, who are the division’s top scorers but only three teams have a leakier defence. Games in all competitions that involve the Tigers have already topped the 100 mark.

A supporters coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 2.45pm, places are £10 with admission at Worksop’s Sandy Lane as follows: £10 for Adults, £6 Concessions, Under 19s £4 and Under 10s go free.

There is a dominoes drive in the Whitby club house at 8pm tonight.