Blues bid to Buck losing trend

The ball gets sandwiched between Whitby's Alex White and an opponent from Nantwich'picture: Brian Murfield
The ball gets sandwiched between Whitby's Alex White and an opponent from Nantwich'picture: Brian Murfield
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WHITBY Town are aiming to end a run of just one win in seven against third-placed visitors Buxton on Wednesday (6 April) night, writes Andrew Snaith.

The Bucks are well set for a play-off place, despite needing a Chris Ovington goal eight minutes from time, to see off second-bottom Ossett Town at the weekend.

John Reed’s men are unbeaten in their last 10 outings, winning five and drawing five. They can still mathematically win the Evo-Stik Premier Division title, but must beat Whitby to stay on course.

And Blues manager Tommy Cassidy believes his side can well and truly disrupt Buxton’s ambitions by picking up a win.

“I think we can beat Buxton,” he said. “If we win four of our remaining games then we’re safe, it’s in our hands.”

Cassidy again has the luxury of a full squad to choose from with seven matches left to play this season.

Back in August, goals from Colin Hunter and Kieran Lugsden sealed a 2-0 win for the Derbyshire outfit when the clubs first met, earlier this season.

Lugsden has already notched 22 goals from 43 games in all competitions this term, but team-mate Mark Reed - Buxton’s all-time leading scorer with nearly 200 career goals - is still two strikes ahead so far.

The Seasiders’ top goalscorer Jimmy Beadle reached 13 for the season with Saturday’s goal against Nantwich, it takes the midfielder within three of the 16-goal target he set to beat last season’s haul.

The Blues will be hoping to move seven points clear of the Evo-Stik Premier’s congested relegation zone with victory on Wednesday.

Admission is the usual £7.50 for adults, £4.50 concessions and £2 for under 18s with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The Blues travel to the Lake District and Kendal Town on Saturday.

Whitby’s remaining fixtures: tomorrow v Buxton (H), Saturday 9 v Kendal Town (A), Wenesday 6 v FC Halifax Town (H), Saturday 16 v Ashton United (H), Tuesday 19 v Mickleover Sports (A), Friday 22 v Northwich Victoria (H), Monday 25 v Stocksbridge Park Steels (A).