Blues entertain Barwell in first-ever clash

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Whitby Town entertain Leicestershire side Barwell, for the first-ever time on Saturday (7 Sep), while newly-promoted Trafford await on Tuesday (10 Sep).

The Blues took until October to register their first league win last season, but got off the mark at the second time of asking, this time around, at another newly-installed NPL club, Droylsden.

Twelth-placed Barwell were transferred across from the Southern Premier League, where neighbours Hinckley United, ply their trade, just four miles away.

It’s been a mixed start from Jimmy Ginnelly’s men, who were formed as recently as 1992, and were Evo-Stik NPL Division South champions in 2012, their first season at that level.

They went down 4-2 at Ilkeston, on Monday night, after defeating Marine 2-0 on Saturday. They’ve also put ex-Conference clubs, Witton Albion and Stafford Rangers, to the sword, only to lose at home to Chorley and Kings Lynn.

There’s no doubt striker Danny Newton offers the biggest threat to Shane Bland and the Blues backline.

The 22-year-old former Nuneaton forward has five goals from four games, including a 12-minute hat-trick, in the 3-2 victory, at Stafford.

On Tuesday, the Blues travel to Trafford, in Greater Manchester. Promoted through the Division One North play-offs last term, the North West outfit denied Town in the 2000 Presidents Cup Final, winning, over two legs, on penalties.

The second leg, at the Turnbull Ground, was watched by 561 people and featured three sendings off and defender Mitch Cook going in Town’s goal, after regular-keeper Stuart Dawson was stretchered off before half-time.

Two-one down from the first leg, Town led 4-2 on the night, in the final minute of extra-time, but Trafford notched with the last kick of the game and took the shoot-out 4-2. The Seasiders did the double over the Mancunians in their only two league meetings, during Town’s sole season in the old Unibond Division One.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull at 2.30pm on Tuesday, with places £10 each. Admission for Saturday’s home game is £9 adults, £5 concessions and £2 under 18s.

Meanwhile, the Blues now know they’ll host Northern League West Auckland Town, in the FA Cup first qualifying round, on Saturday week.