Blues boosted by return of skipper Snaith for busy week

Andrew Snaith previews Whitby Town's trip to Nantwich
Andrew Snaith previews Whitby Town's trip to Nantwich

Whitby Town aim to end March with an unbeaten record as they continue to chase a place in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier top five.

The seventh-placed Blues will be without striker Matty Tymon for both the trip to title-chasing Nantwich and the return fixture with Stafford Rangers at the Turnbull Ground next Tuesday.

However, there is some good news for Town boss Chris Hardy as skipper Steven Snaith returns from his two-game ban.

Hardy also has good memories of Nantwich’s Weaver Stadium, a ground Whitby had never won at before the new chief notched his first success as Blues boss there in January last year.

Ryan Brobbel’s rocket helped the Seasiders to a 2-1 victory that kick-started their successful survival scrap.

The Cheshire side occupy second spot and enjoyed a 3-1 win at the Turnbull Ground in December after an impressive second-half hat-trick from winger Osebi Abadaki in the two sides’ first meeting of the season.

The Blues then welcome Stafford Rangers to the Turnbull next Tuesday with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Town have a seven-match unbeaten run against the Staffordshire side after holding them to a 0-0 stalemate last weekend.

Whitby are looking to extend an unbeaten run in March that has seen victories over Spennymoor Town, following ex-Moors striker Mikey Roberts finding the net deep into injury-time, and Halesowen Town, by four goals to one.

Draws at Stafford and at home to West Midlanders Rushall Olympic, have kept the Seasiders in a crowded top-half promotion chase going into a busy April fixture schedule.

The final month of the season sees a visit to champions-elect Blyth Spartans, on Easter Monday, 48 hours after hosting play-off rivals Warrington in the annual Pay What You Want Day clash.

Admission on Tuesday night is £10 for adults (accompanied Under-16s admitted free), £6 senior citizens and £3 Under-18s.