How do current Blues' crop rate against Dunn's Vase winners?

How do the current Whitby Town side (right) rack up against the FA Vase winning side of 20 years ago. Andrew Snaith evaluates.
How do the current Whitby Town side (right) rack up against the FA Vase winning side of 20 years ago. Andrew Snaith evaluates.

With Whitby currently top of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier, Andrew Snaith compared Chris Hardy's current crop with the Northern League champions and FA Vase winners led by Harry Dunn, 20 years ago.

Goalkeepers

DAVE CAMPBELL v SHANE BLAND

Campbell is undoubtedly a club legend, second only to Paul Pitman in appearances with over 400 to his name. Like Bland, a renowned shot stopper, 'Cammy'

was sometimes seen as being prone to a lob, something Bland was perhaps expected to suffer with being under six foot (relatively short for a keeper).

I would maybe surprise a few by giving Bland the edge here, his handling has improved, his confidence has grown and depending on the course his career

takes, has more than enough time (Shane is 22) to comfortably break Campbell's appearance record.

Defenders

GRAEME WILLIAMS v CALLUM MARTIN/KIERAN WELEDJI

'Jock' was an ex-Aston Villa trainee with boundless energy who worked tirelessly on the right of defence. Martin and Kieran Weledji, who has held the

right wing-back position recently, are much more attacking options than Williams, in my view.

Martin, a re-programmed right winger, has been a revelation

under Hardy, who praised Martin's "superhuman fitness".

Weledji, perhaps better built for the centre of the park, seems to have relished having the

pressure eased and getting a run on the right, using his strength to good effect, brushing off opponents and making a real impact. I would again give 2016 the nod here.

DAVE LOGAN v DAN MCWILLIAMS

One of a number of veteran former Football League stars, 'Logie' had a wand of a left foot, renowed for his set-piece prowess and was even trusted to play as

a wing-back by Harry Dunn at the age of 39 during the FA Cup First Round run where Plymouth Argyle were taken to a replay. Dan is a different sort of player.

Like Logan, he likes to get forward at every opportunity, but more like Martin, he relies on his pace and movement to add width and hit opponents on the

break quickly. I'd argue Logan made a huge impact and holds the cards here, but like many in the current squad, Dan is a young player who does have the skills to catch his opponent in time.

DAVE GOODCHILD v ANDY 'RIO' MAY

Goochy v Rio, the battle of the youngsters. Goodchild was schooled alongside Lawrie Pearson and Mitch Cook, two hugely-experienced figures in the 97 squad.

May has the versatile Luke Bythway and veteran Mark Robinson, who has a long Football League career with the likes of Hartlepool United and York City to

count on. Goodchild may just edge this battle because of his versatility.

May loves to get forward and for me, appears to be the better ball player, however

Goochy can boast appearances up front- he topped the scoring charts under Dunn at one point- and even in goal where he secured a penalty shoot out success.

I would again add though that May has all the tools to overtake Goodchild's legendary standing with Blues fans- he has a huge future.

LAWRIE PEARSON v LUKE BYTHWAY

The two strongest centre halves in the air, two warriors and leaders. Lawrie has the Football League experience with Hull and Darlington, while Luke boasts

immense versatility.

Able to play in any central outfield role, which he showed in the 3-1 win over Marine recently, Luke also has time on his side to try

and match his rival. Pearson made the number 5 shirt his own during the Wembley season, before later retiring, if Bythway achieves the same, he'd rightly

be proud, but he does appear to have the ability to make a similar impact with the Blues.

MITCH COOK v MARK ROBINSON

Both vastly-experienced left-sided defenders, Cook with Scarborough and Blackpool, this pair have the ability to inspire those around them. It's no

coincidence that Cook specialised in developing young players at Scarborough Town, Bridlington and Pickering, while Robinson, as a PE teacher and coach,

shares that ability to get the best out of junior footballers.

For Cook, with Williams and Goodchild, read Robinson with Weledji, May and McWilliams.

Robbo will be desperate to enrich his career late on with a Wembley appearance, as Cook did in '97, his fitness edge may well make that possible, though

it would have to be in the FA Trophy, not the Vase.

Midfielders

KENNY GOODRICK v ADAM GELL/DAVE MCTIERNAN

Kenny has a notable height and power advantage here, where Gelly relies on his composure on the ball and superb workrate to break up opposition attacks.

Both offer superb cover for the Blues backline, though Kenny has the edge, like many of the 97 vintage, with his experience and strength.

Not many of the new squad have these qualities, which gives Goodrick the edge, though they tend to make up for it with very high fitness levels.

Gell is one of many former Guisborough Town players in the Blues line-up and is always keen to get up the field and get a shot in.

Macca is much more of an attacking player, who has

gradually dropped back as his career has wound down. Now third in line for appearances, at 32, few would back against him passing Campbell's tally, next term.

NEIL HODGSON v STEVEN SNAITH

Two tough tackling skippers here. It's virtually impossible for me to pick a winner here. Many forget how good a footballer Hodgy was, instead remembering

the blood and thunder tackles and leadership.

Snaith is in a similar mode, he can run all day and loves getting stuck in, sometimes with adverse results on his disciplinary record. Snaith has been successfully transformed into a midfielder after starting off up front.

He didn't find the net as often as he'd have liked but always gave 100% and is actively revelling in being part of the game more in the centre of the park.

One thing's for sure, if Snaith continues his current levels, he'll soon be mentioned in the same idolised breath as club heroes like Hodgson, who it's great to see backing the team from

the terraces.

ANDY TOMAN v DALE HOPSON

Every good team needs a spark, a link-up man, someone capable of a moment of brilliance, out of nothing.

This is where this paircome in. Toman provided the bullets for Paul Pitman and Graham Robinson while Dale supplies Mikey Roberts and Matty Tymon.

Toman was the master of the incisive through-ball, knowing instinctively where Pitman would be- Yakka was blessed with a natural awareness of where a loose ball might drop.

Dale, who adds a great free-kick and crossing ability to his repertoire, is also a game changer like his opponent here.

Toman is another who arrived at WTFC after a long Football League career, with both Hartlepool United and Darlington, amongst others.

Hopson has already represented the Quakers at Conference level and aged just 24, has more than enough time to return to the professional ranks.

Forwards

GRAHAM ROBINSON v MATTY TYMON

Very similar builds for these tall strikers, though where Tymon relies on excellent ball control, hold up play and awareness, Robinson was all about

searing pace.

A great foil for Paul Pitman, he would surprise defenders with his speed and workrate. Born in South Africa, but formerly living in Robin Hood's Bay, Robinson now works for Sunderland FC's international development department.

Tymon is the ex-Workington player now in his third spell with the Seasiders, Robinson was repeatedly brought back by Harry Dunn, eventually settling into a midfield role.

Both remain underrated by some supporters, but played vital roles in their respective teams.

PAUL PITMAN v MIKEY ROBERTS

Pitman is a Whitby Town legend, probably the club's best known player, he holds both the all-time appearance and goal scoring records with 378 strikes

(including 60 goals in a season) from nearly 500 outings.

Yakka had an innate ability to find the net and should really have played in the professional ranks, he was certainly goodenough.

Like Pitman, Roberts made his name in non-League, firing in the goals for Spennymoor and Guisborough- where he formed

a prolific partnership with Danny Johnson.

Pitman was already an experienced marksman where he joined the Seasiders from North Shields, whereas Roberts has age on his side and could definitely overtake his rival if he stays at Whitby, long term.