Blues’ FA Cup rivals remain an enigma

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WHITBY Town manager Tommy Cassidy admits he knows nothing about Saturday’s FA Cup hosts Parkgate - but says he’s only interested in his own team, writes Andrew Snaith.

The Rotherham side lie fourth in the Northern Counties East Premier, above Pickering Town, Bridlington Town and Scarborough Athletic.

But Cassidy told the Whitby Gazette: “I don’t know anything about them, but that’s deliberate.

“I’m not concerned with them, I’m only concerned about my team.

“So I don’t want to fill their heads with what Parkgate can do.”

The Steelmen lost to Hall Road Rangers, but the Hull outfit were removed from the competition on Monday, after fielding an ineligible player.

Parkgate, whose top scorers Ashley Worsfold and Nathan Swindells have 15 goals between them, had earlier seen off Grimsby Borough in the extra preliminary road, back on 20 August.

Full-back Ashley Lyth has left the Blues after four years at his hometown club, where he made 147 appearances and scored two goals.

Meanwhile, The Seasiders have brought in 20-year-old midfielder Ross Gardner from Spennymoor Town and Matthew Dunford (25) from Ryton.

Matty Tymon (back), Dave McTiernan (groin) and Andy Campbell (rib) should all be fit to feature in Saturday’s match, with Kev Burgess available again after suspension.

The winners of the tie earn £3,000 and a place in the second qualifying round, where Blue Square North/South sides enter.

In the event of a draw, a replay will take place at the Turnbull Ground on Wednesday evening.

Cassidy, a former FA Cup finalist with Newcastle United, added: “I’m just saying let’s play like we did Wednesday night [when Whitby drew 2-2 with Ashton] and if we do that, we’ll win the game.”

Kick-off at the Roundwood Sports Complex is the usual 3pm, with admission £5 adults, £2 concessions and under 10s go free.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 10.15am. Seats are just £10 each.