Play-off hopefuls Town face pivotal double-header

Mickleover v Whitby preview by Andrew Snaith
Mickleover v Whitby preview by Andrew Snaith
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Whitby face a tough trip to Mickleover Sports, followed by the visit of promotion rivals Spennymoor to the Turnbull Ground on Tuesday.

Mickleover was the scene for Darren Williams’ last game as Whitby Town manager in November 2015, as the Derbyshire secured a 1-0 victory.

Ironically, the return at the Turnbull Ground took place just seven days later and saw caretaker boss Lee Bullock lead the Seasiders to a 4-1 win.

Back in September the sides drew 1-1 at the Turnbull, when Whitby dominated but saw Matty Tymon’s goal cancelled out by a penalty.

Tuesday gives Whitby a chance to secure a league double over rivals Spennymoor.

Spenny knocked the Blues out of the FA Cup 1-0, only to succumb by the same scoreline in the league three days later thanks to Dale Hopson’s late winner.

The Moors arrive fresh from a 2-1 win over runaway leaders Blyth Spartans, in front of nearly 1,000 people, which saw them jump into fourth spot.

Whitby are currently eighth, a point outside the play-off positions in a keenly-contested Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division table.

Tuesday is the first competitive meeting at the Turnbull Ground with the Spennymoor Town club, formed out of the ashes of Spennymoor United and Evenwood Town in 2005.

Admission at the Turnbull Ground is £10 for adults (accompanying Under-17s admitted free), senior citizens £6 and Under-18s £3. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

A supporters' coach leaves the Turnbull Ground for Mickleover, at 9am on Saturday, calling at The Half Moon, Collingham, near Leeds, at 10.30am. Seats are just £10 each.