Blues kick off campaign

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Whitby Town kick off the new Evo-Stik League season at newcomers Stourbridge tomorrow.

Stourbridge were moved across to the Northern Premier League in the summer, after finishing fifth in the Southern Premier, which extends as far south as Truro in Cornwall.

The Glassboys reached the second round of the FA Cup for the second time in three years, last term.For Whitby, boss Darren Williams will likely give debuts to Liam Shepherd, who netted the winner against Scarborough last Saturday, former Middlesbrough midfielder Matty Waters and possibly striker Sam Calvert.

Another Whitby lad, Matty Brown, could also feature for his first EvoStik League outing for the Blues.

Admission at the War Memorial Athletic Stadium is £10 for adults, £5 concessions and under 11s get in free, with a paying adult.

A supporters’ bus leaves for Stourbridge at 8.30am tomorrow from the club house.

Contact chairman Graham Manser on (01947) 605921 today if you would like to go as the bus is almost full.

The first home game of the new season is on Wednesday when newly-promoted Curzon Ashton visit the Turnbull.

Curzon, formed as recently as 1963, won the First Division North with 99 points, last season.

Town’s ex-Darlington defender Kev Burgess is under no illusions as to the quality of the Blues’ midweek visitors.

“I’ve looked at Curzon Ashton,” he said. “I have a lot of friends at Darlington who played against them last season and said they’ve a really strong squad and deserved to go up.”

The Lancastrian side are highly-fancied to push on again this term.

Kick-off is 7.45pm.

Admission at the Turnbull Ground is once again £9 adults, £5 concessions and £2 for under 18s, this season, with under 16s given free entry if accompanied by a paying adult.

The Seasiders have come out strongly in terms of gate prices across the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division.

Only four clubs in the 24-team league charge less for adult entry than the Blues and only three can beat the concessionary rate or equal the junior deal.

Town even provide better value than First Division Darlington, Scarborough and Stafford Rangers.