Blues final clash with Pikes to be held at the Riverside

The Riverside Stadium will host Whitby Town's NRCFA Senior Cup final clash with Pickering Town on Monday May 15

The Riverside Stadium will host Whitby Town's NRCFA Senior Cup final clash with Pickering Town on Monday May 15

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Whitby Town’s North Riding County FA Senior Cup final clash with Pickering Town will be played at Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium.

The Blues have had an anxious wait to see where the final clash would be played and on what date since they sensationally dumped Boro out in the semi-finals.

The showpiece final will be held on Monday May 15, kicking off at 7.30pm.

Blues gaffer Chris Hardy is delighted that the final will be held at the Riverside.

He said: “It’s great that the final of the competition will be held at such a prestigious venue like the Riverside Stadium.

“It’ll make for a very fitting end to our season, and from our boys’ point of view, what better way could there be to end the campaign.”

Hardy also believes that the playing surface will suit his side against the Pikes, who beat Scarborough Athletic in their respective last-four clash.

“It will no doubt be a fantastic pitch up there,” added Hardy.

“That will suit our style of play on the night. We can certainly have no complaints come May 15.

“A lot of our lads are Teesside lads too, so no doubt there will be a few Boro fans among them so it’ll be extra special for them too.”

It won’t be Hardy’s first trip to manage a side at the Riverside, having seen his former club Guisborough Town beat Middlesbrough in this competition a couple of years ago.

Hardy added: “We beat Boro at the Riverside with Guisborough a few years back.

“It was a great night, hopefully we can replicate that with Whitby Town next month.”

Blues chairman Graham Manser, a big Middlesbrough fan himself, is delighted that the final will be played at the Riverside.

Manser said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea to play it there, being a big Boro fan, I’m thrilled.

“I know Whitby Town played at the old Ayresome Park ground in the early 1990s, but we’ve not played at the Riverside, so I’m sure it’ll be a great night and hopefully we can come away with a bit of silverware.”