Must-win game for struggling Blues

Richard Pell is an injury doubt for Whitby Town's home clash with Colwyn Bay. Picture: Brian Murfield
Richard Pell is an injury doubt for Whitby Town's home clash with Colwyn Bay. Picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town face Colwyn Bay in a must-win game on Saturday, with both sides deep in the relegation mire.

The fourth-bottom Blues are four points adrift of next side up Stamford in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, with a game in hand.

Bay are second-bottom, five points behind Town with two games in hand.

It’s the first meeting of the sides since the Welsh side’s 2-0 home win in March 2011. Five years on, the Seasiders remain unbeaten against their rivals at the Turnbull Ground, with four wins and two draws, since their first clash, in February 1999.

It will be an emotional occasion at the Turnbull as Blues players sport black armbands in memory of supporter James Jackson, who tragically died in a car crash on the A169 Pickering to Whitby moors road, last week.

Whitby boss Chris Hardy is hoping to have a full squad available other than winger Connor Gardner who is now back in full training, after fears he could be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Centre-half Richard Pell is rated as having a 50/50 chance of playing after pulling a calf in last week’s defeat at Barwell.

Kick-off is 3.00pm, with admission still completely free for under-16s when accompanied by full-price paying adults (£9), while under-18s pay £3 and senior citizens £5.