Blues boss: Ramsbottom game is a ‘must-win’

Whitby Town boss Darren Williams feels that a win at Ramsbottom is crucial
Whitby Town boss Darren Williams feels that a win at Ramsbottom is crucial

Whitby Town boss Darren Williams has stated that three points from tonight’s visit to Ramsbottom United are a “must”.

The Seasiders currently sit second from bottom in the Evo-Stik Premier Division standings, after a run of just one win in 15 games, with the Bury-based Rams the only side beneath them in the table.

And with his side already five points shy of safety, the importance of a positive result against the division’s only winless team is not lost on Williams.

“Ramsbottom is a massive game and one that we must win, regardless of anything else,” he told the Whitby Gazette.

“They might be bottom of the league, but we can’t take anything for granted, going away from home midweek is always difficult.

“That said, we need three points. We’ve produced some fantastic performances this season and not always got the rewards to go with them, but tonight is about getting a result.”

Williams expects to have a full-strength squad to choose from ahead of the visit to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, but did confirm that the club released three players following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Rushall Olympic.

“Once again, I’ve thought we played the better football at Rushall, but again mistakes have cost us. We’ve given them two very poor goals after a bit of bad luck for their first,” Williams added.

“We could have still gone in at 3-3 at half-time after the chances we carved out, and we did okay in the second period as well, creating more opportunities.

“Unfortunately, when you’re down near the bottom of the table and you’re struggling you don’t get the breaks and these things go against you.

“We need a bit of luck, but we need to make our own luck by playing better, taking our chances and cutting out the errors.

“I can’t say the players aren’t going out there and doing their best, because they are trying, but confidence is low at this moment in time and we need to start building that back up by getting some results.”