Pay what you like for Whitby game on Saturday

Nathan Mulligan celebrates after scoring against Stafford'picture: Brian Murfield

Nathan Mulligan celebrates after scoring against Stafford'picture: Brian Murfield

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Fans can pay whatever they want to see Whitby Town in action on Saturday (20 April), when relegated Eastwood are the visitors.

It’s the fourth year the Blues are running the scheme where supporters can donate any amount, at the Turnbull Ground, rather than the usual gate charges.

Player-manager Darren Williams hopes Saturday, which is also the Blues’ ‘Exiles’ Day’- named in honour of Town’s more-distant fans - will also be an opportunity for new supporters to discover their local team.

He told the Whitby Gazette and whitby-town.com: “It’d be nice to get more support at home - it’s fantastic that people are supporting us away - but what we need to do is grow the club’s profile.

“I felt, when we first came here, we were a bit relaxed with that, but over the next 12 months, we need to push things,” he added.

Williams is also aware of bottom club Eastwood’s threat - the Badgers may not have won in the league since October, but they held FC United of Manchester 2-2, last weekend, after leading twice.

The Nottinghamshire side are already relegated, after collecting just 14 points from 39 games and lost out 2-0 to the Blues in February, when Shane Henry and Graeme Armstrong found the target, but Williams is in cautious mood ahead of their visit.

“It’s one of those scenarios where they’ve been relegated and they’re playing with freedom,” he said. “We need to do the job right - they’re not just going to lay down for us.

“We’re going to have to work hard to get the three points,”

Ahead of tomorrow’s main game, Whitby Town Supporters are having a Locals v Exiles game, at the nearby Showfield, with a noon kick-off.

Eastwood’s near-neighbours, Ilkeston, are then at the Turnbull, this Wednesday (24 April), for the Seasiders’ final home game of the season.

The clubs are battling it out for a top-half spot with Williams’ men going two points clear of the Robins, in 12th, ahead of the weekend games.

Kick-off is 7.45pm.

It’s a last chance for fans to pick up the final edition of the popular Blue Army Fanzine from the club shop, where this season’s Whitby Town FC replica shirts have been slashed from £35 to £20.