Next three games vital to Whitby’s season

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Whitby Town face three bottom half rivals in the NPL Premier in the next eight days with those results likely to shape their future in the division.

The Blues are in the midst of a relegation battle, something that hasn’t escaped the attention of player-boss Darren Williams.

“I don’t think we should be there but we aren’t there by accident – we haven’t scored enough goals,” he admitted. “That’s not having a go at the forwards because we get chances from corners and free kicks too, but we need to be more ruthless at both ends.

“It’s back to the drawing board and hopefully we can hit the back of the net more between now and the end of the season.”

The Seasiders travel to Cheshire outfit Witton Albion, on Saturday (Apr 4), a side that have dragged themselves out of the bottom four in recent months under manager Tony Sullivan.

Town then face fellow Yorkshire side Frickley Athletic, 48 hours later, on Easter Monday at the Turnbull Ground.

The clash coincides with the club’s Easter Draw, which it is hoped can emulate WTFC’s Christmas raffle which raised over £4,000.

Organiser Eddie McNamee will be selling tickets at the ground and the clubhouse will also be open for late raffle purchases.

Williams has made no secret of his wish for a bigger squad with a crowded schedule that sees six games in 25 days, ending with a trip to Norfolk outpost Kings Lynn.

Striker Rob Nolan is hoping to be fit for a return as fellow forward Steven Snaith completes his two-match ban, at Witton, this weekend. Kick off for both Easter games is 3pm, with admission at the Turnbull Ground just £2 for Under 18s and free for Under 16s accompanied by a paying adult.