Loan pair cleared to play in Blues cup tie

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WHITBY Town tackle old adversaries North Ferriby United on Saturday (1 Oct) in the second qualifying round of the Budweiser FA Cup.

Ferriby, who were famously defeated 3-0 at Wembley Stadium in the FA Vase Final – Whitby’s finest hour – are the second opponents on the road to the home of English football, with £4,500 up for grabs.

Blues boss Tommy Cassidy has revealed he’ll be ditching the controversial one up front formation employed in the last two matches, claiming he’ll field “at least two” strikers for the knock-out clash.

Victory at the Turnbull Ground would leave Town just two wins away from a first round proper berth.

Their last appearance at that stage was at Hartlepool United in 2003, when Marco Gabbiadini netted twice in a 4-0 Pools victory.

After Wednesday’s 3-0 reverse at FC United of Manchester, Cassidy said there’d be a change in approach from his side, stating: “We do what we can do best.

“Never mind the other team, we gave them too much respect, too much of the ball and it backfired badly.

“We’ve got a massive game in the FA Cup, but the wonderful thing about football is we get another chance on Saturday and we’ve got to get it right on and off the pitch.

“It’s important we get our heads right.”

Meanwhile, Town’s East Yorkshire visitors are just one place and one point above them in the league after six winless games.

Manager John Anderson resigned at the start of the month with players Justin Whittle (ex-Hull City) and Paul Foot (formerly with Scarborough FC) in caretaker charge ever since.

United defeated fellow Evo-Stik Premier strugglers Worksop Town 1-0 in the previous round to set up the meeting, while the Blues picked off Northern Counties East side Parkgate, 3-1.

Cassidy, who reached the FA Cup Final as a player with Newcastle United in 1974, is hoping midfielder Lewis Hawkins will be fit for the clash, after missing out midweek with a knee injury.

He and Callum Hassan are currently on loan with the Blues from Hartlepool, with their manager Mick Wadsworth allowing the duo to represent Town in the coveted trophy.

On the possibilities of a Hawkins comeback for the lucrative tie, Cassidy said: “I think he’s got a chance.”

Kick-off at the Turnbull Ground is 3pm with admission the usual £8 adults, £5 concessions and £2 under 18s.

If the match is drawn, there’ll be no extra time, but a replay on Tuesday night at Ferriby’s Rapid Solicitors Stadium with a 7.45pm kick-off.