Blues look to steel first win in Sheffield, Wednesday

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WHITBY Town look to grab their first win of the season at a ground where they rarely have any success when they visit Stocksbridge Park Steels on Wednesday (6 Sept), writes Andrew Snaith.

The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday but has been put back 24 hours to avoid clashing with tonight’s England v Wales international.

The South Yorkshire club have claimed victories on Town’s last three visits, but lead by only one point in the Evo-Stik Premier this season, after picking up just a solitary success so far.

In a reversal of recent events, Blues boss Tommy Cassidy was disappointed with Saturday’s first half performance but thought the display after the break was more encouraging.

“We gave a silly goal away - we’ve got to sort that out,” he said.

“Second half, we came back and did much better.

“We deserved something but we didn’t get it and it’s been the same for about four games this season.”

The Blues will be without centre-half Kevin Burgess for the next three games due to suspension and on-loan midfielder Michael Brough has returned to Darlington.

Cassidy also wants his lads to graft for longer and start taking their chances.

“I just feel we only play part time - 20 or 30 minutes - then we go to sleep.”

The ex-Ards and Workington boss also revealed: “I was going through my notes and we’ve had I think 11 chances, one-on-ones.

“We haven’t put any of those away and that’s a big disappointment.”

Stocksbridge, who played with big centre-half Brett Lovell up front, drew 1-1 at Hednesford on Saturday thanks to an 89th minute Jack Muldoon strike.

Cassidy has again asked supporters to be patient, adding: “We have a young side and we need additions but it isn’t going to happen overnight.

“It takes a few years - we’ve got to get the balance right but I’m looking forward to the young players maturing and hopefully, around about Christmas, we’ll have a strong settled team.”

Kick-off at the Look Local Stadium is 7.45pm with admission set at £7 adults. £4 concessions and £2 under 16s.

The Blues are on their travels again this Saturday (10 Sep) when Cheshire side Nantwich Town are the hosts.

Town find out their FA Cup first qualifying round opponents on Tuesday night.

The Seasiders will visit Parkgate or Hall Road Rangers from the Northern Counties East Premier on Saturday 17 September.

The sides, who play two levels below Whitby, in the same division as Scarborough, Bridlington and Pickering, drew 2-2 at the weekend.