Blues face home tests

Whitby Town will be hoping to claim a repeat of last season's home victory over Rushall Olympic when the Midlands side visit the Turnbull Ground on Saturday
Whitby Town will be hoping to claim a repeat of last season's home victory over Rushall Olympic when the Midlands side visit the Turnbull Ground on Saturday
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Whitby Town plan their fightback from successive away defeats with a home double-header this coming week.

Back-to-back losses at Grantham and Hyde United have left the Blues stuck in 19th place in the Evo-Stik Premier Division standings, just one point above the relegation zone.

And they will be looking to bounce back on home soil, starting on Saturday with in-form Rushall Olympic, before Ashton United visit on Tuesday evening.

Despite his side’s six-match unbeaten run coming to an end, boss Chris Hardy told the Whitby Gazette that he’s not about to read too much into the two defeats on the road.

“We lost these games by fine margins, the outcomes could easily have been very different,” he said.

“Do you start thinking that you aren’t getting the run of the green and things aren’t going for you? I don’t think we can afford to do that.

“I think we’ve got to continue with the job in hand, we’ll train on Thursday night and we’ll try to put things right.

“There has been a little lapse in concentration, so we need a bit of a refresher, get the boys together, make sure they get their chins up, we regroup, we focus and look to go again on Saturday.”

West Midlands outfit Rushall went up to ninth place in the table with victory at Buxton, on Tuesday night, a seventh away league win of the season for Richard Sneekes’ men.

With just four defeats on the road in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier, the Pics are likely to provide stiff opposition, though Town and manager Chris Hardy may be buoyed by last season’s 2-1 home success over the side in amber.

Ashton, another side who lost at the Turnbull last season, are a place above Rushall and trail fifth-placed Stourbridge by seven points with two games in hand, they also have matches in hand on the sides in-between, Nantwich and Barwell.

The two teams meet on Tuesday instead of Whitby’s usual midweek home day, due to a Sportsman’s Dinner at the Saxonville Hotel, with ex-Everton star Kevin Ratcliffe on Wednesday.

Hardy is hopeful of bringing in some new blood ahead of the 15 fixtures to be fitted in by April 23rd.

“There is a possibility, but at the same time there’s nothing concrete as of yet.” he admitted.

“We have a thin squad, we need to be trying to improve the depth of the squad.

“It’s down to availability- who’s out there, who we can bring in, whether they’re wanting to come in- so there’s lots of permutations that we’ve got to try and get over before we can bring players in.”

Kick-off at the Turnbull Ground on Saturday is 3pm, with Tuesday’s home clash starting at 7.45pm. Admission for each game is £9 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for under-18s with under-16s accompanied by a full-price paying adult, admitted completely free.