Rejuvenated Blues face derby test

Whitby Town return to Evo-Stik Premier Division action on Wednesday when they host Blyth Spartans

Whitby Town return to Evo-Stik Premier Division action on Wednesday when they host Blyth Spartans

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Whitby Town boss Darren Williams wants his players to carry the positives from Saturday’s win over Matlock into their derby clash with Blyth Spartans.

The Seasiders host their high-flying north east rivals at the Turnbull Ground on Wednesday evening, on the back of their first victory in seven matches, and the Blues gaffer is demanding more of the same.

“Obviously the win on Saturday was a big boost for us and we need to try and take the positives out of that performance into the Blyth game,” he told the Whitby Gazette.

“They’re doing very well, they’re on the crest of a wave at the moment, so it’s going to be tough but it’s not a game that’s un-winnable.

“We’ve been on a bad run and it’s a case of taking small steps in the right direction at the moment, but we’re looking forward to the match.”

Williams put the much-needed success over Matlock down to a culmination of factors.

“We tweaked a couple of things and did a few things differently, but the key was probably that the players went on to the pitch and applied themselves better than they have been doing in recent weeks,” he added.

“The tempo was higher, we looked after ball better and probably worked harder.

“I think that there was a togetherness that stems from the players realising the seriousness of the situation we are in. The lads know that things have to change.

“Overall I was just pleased that we got the result. I was a little bit disappointed with the second-half display, but it was understandable as we grew nervous and Matlock threw everyone forward because they had nothing to lose.”

Williams expects his side to be at close to full-strength for the visit of the second-placed Spartans, a game which kicks off at 7.45pm.

Town will be looking to avenge a 3-2 defeat at Blyth in their second fixture of the season.