WHITBY Town will be desperate to bounce back on Saturday (20 Aug) after Wednesday night’s second half horror show against Bradford Park Avenue, writes Andrew Snaith.
Avenue are strongly-fancied to push for promotion in the Evo-Stik Premier this season, but with 54 minutes gone at the Turnbull Ground, Whitby led 1-0 and had a one man advantage.
However, the visitors’ early red card made little difference as John Deacey’s men slammed home four goals, including two in the last five minutes to humble the Seasiders.
Whitby manager Tommy Cassidy was furious with his side’s performance after the break.
He told the Whitby Gazette: “We didn’t compete, we rolled over.
“All over the pitch they were better. It’s not acceptable whatsoever.
“I’ll use the word embarrassing – it was an embarrassing second half performance.
“We let the club down.”
Cassidy, who has promised changes for Saturday’s clash, continued: “There was no battle and no fight and obviously the mistakes for the goals were diabolical.
“We looked like a pub team second half - a team that was second best everywhere, that gave the ball away for fun, that didn’t win the ball at all and didn’t create anything going forward.”
The Belfast-born boss praised the opposition but found it hard to forgive his own side’s poor display, adding: “They’ll be up there, Bradford, at the end.
“They’re a good physical side and tried to play as well.
“But I don’t think we got three consecutive passes in, it’s a serious matter and me and Tony (Elliott) will be looking into it.
“No-one is assured of their place after those performances, not one player.”
In some rare good news, physio Kenny Bolton confirmed that goalkeeper Dave Campbell is now fit and available after picking up an ankle injury minutes before Town’s opening pre-season friendly. Dave McTiernan and Marc Ellison are also likely to shrug off their minor knocks.
Cassidy and his team will be hoping they can kick on from last season’s double over Derbyshire outfit Mickleover Sports.
Town won 3-2 against them on this weekend last year and enjoyed a 4-2 away success towards the end of the season which guaranteed the club’s league safety.
Dick Pratley’s side are in just their second Northern Premier campaign.
They drew 1-1 at newly-promoted Rushall Olympic in midweek after defeating Nantwich 3-1 at the weekend.
Kick-off is 3pm at the Turnbull Ground, with admission £8 for adults, £5 concessions and just £2 for under 16s.
Town are away to Kendal on Tuesday (23 Aug) – a supporters’ coach leaves the club at 3.15pm.