Crucial away double-header for Blues

Whitby Town renew hostilities with Grantham on Saturday. Picture: Brian Murfield
Whitby Town renew hostilities with Grantham on Saturday. Picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town face two huge away matches in three days as they bid to move further away from the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone.

Fellow strugglers Grantham await on Saturday, followed by out-of-form Hyde on Monday, and manager Chris Hardy has decribed the games as “six-pointers.”

“The matches at Grantham and Hyde are big ones for us as these are the sides who are immediately above us in the table,” he told the Whitby Gazette.

“As I’ve said before, we cannot afford to lose ground on the sides in this division that we are competing with for survival.

“We try not to get ahead of ourselves, and are just taking it one game at a time, but we have to be confident of going to Grantham and Hyde and getting something from those fixtures.”

The Blues currently sit in 19th place in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, two points above the drop zone, while Grantham are 18th and Hyde 17th.

The Gingerbreads have yet to pick up a point in 2016 after six successive defeats, the most recent being a 3-0 loss at Buxton, last weekend.

They earned a 1-1 draw at the Turnbull Ground back in October, with Ryan Brobbel on target for Whitby that day.

Hyde are in even worse form, netting just one victory in their last 20 games, with their most recent league win being a home success over Colwyn Bay on October 26.

The Tigers did however enjoy a 3-0 midweek success at the Turnbull, earlier that month.

Supporters’ coaches leave the Turnbull Ground for Grantham at 9.30am on Saturday, and for Hyde at 2.15pm on Monday. Call 07966 241344 to reserve a seat.