Blues to finish with a flourish

Whitby Town boss Darren Williams shows his delight after a productive Easter'picture: Brian Murfield
Whitby Town boss Darren Williams shows his delight after a productive Easter'picture: Brian Murfield
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Whitby Town player-manager Darren Williams won’t tolerate a side going through the motions, when the Blues visit Stafford Rangers in their final league game, this Saturday.

He told the Whitby Gazette and Whitby-Town.com: “The lads know that we are looking to make decisions.

“It’ll be a difficult game, down at Stafford. I’ve played there a few times - the pitch might not help our passing game, but it’s important we go there and want to win.”

Williams wants to pip Ilkeston to 12th spot in the Northern Premier League, but will have to do so without unavailable midfielder Dave McTiernan (28).

The ex-Sunderland stalwart will be hoping for a repeat of last month’s 4-0 victory over the West Midlands side, when goals from Craig Farrell, Nathan Mulligan, Tom Portas and Ibby Hassan’s 35-yard piledriver - a YouTube sensation - made the difference.

However, former Conference club Rangers will finish above the Seasiders should they claim a revenge win.

The two teams have met just three times with unbeaten Town taking seven points off Greg Clowes’ men.

Stafford did enjoy some success this week, though, as they saw off League One Walsall 2-1, on Wednesday, to take the Walsall Senior Cup, in front of 700 at the Saddlers’ Bescot Stadium.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 8.30am on Saturday - with seats still just £10 each, but, due to high demand, fans must book through chairman Graham Manser, on 07966 241 344.

Admission at Marston Road is £10 adults, £7 concessions (OAP/Armed Forces/full-time students), £5 under 16s. Children aged 12 and under will be admitted to the ground for free if accompanied by a paying adult parent or guardian (maximum two children to one adult).

There is an additional £2 charge to sit in the stand.

Whitby fans are encouraged to ‘wear blue for the Blues’ for the final game of the season.

As part of a 24-team Evo-Stik NPL next season, Skelmersdale United have been promoted as champions of Division One North, while Norfolk outpost King’s Lynn will also join the Seasiders, after winning the First Division South.

Droylsden, near Manchester, who Town knocked out of the FA Cup this season and Leicestershire side Hinckley, have been relegated from the Blue Square North, alongside Corby, from Northants, who will be sent to the Isthmian Premier League.

Kendal Town will dropout of the NPL with Eastwood Town, unless a miracle 28-goal swing can take place on the final day, to oust rivals Grantham.

There is a special music event and raffle, at Staithes Athletic Club, on Saturday evening, to raise funds for Whitby Town FC.

The Harlene Evans Band, a four-piece power-pop group, who cover the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi and Amy Winehouse, will provide entertainment, with tickets available for just £5 and doors opening at 7pm.

l The Whitby Town end-of-season awards takes place at The Stables Restaurant on Saturday 11 May, with places costing £10 apiece.

Contact Mr Manser if you would like to go.