Shepherd ‘cannot wait’ for FC Utd clash

Liam Shepherd (right) celebrates scoring Whitby Town's FA Cup equaliser at Shildon on Saturday'picture: Brian Murfield
Liam Shepherd (right) celebrates scoring Whitby Town's FA Cup equaliser at Shildon on Saturday'picture: Brian Murfield
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Whitby Town visit FC United of Manchester this Saturday (Oct 4), hoping to carry on from where they left off last season and to extend their eight-match unbeaten league run.

Last term, the Seasiders grabbed a double over the side set up by Manchester United supporters in 2006.

A dramatic 3-2 win in front of over 800 at the Turnbull Ground followed a 3-1 early-season success at FC’s former home of Gigg Lane, Bury.

That was the Blues’ first-ever victory over United, at the 11th attempt.

Whitby winger Liam Shepherd says the clash is an exciting prospect for players, as well as supporters.

“I can’t wait, it’s a packed out crowd,” he said. “They aren’t flying at the minute, so we could keep them quiet.

“I’m confident, but it’s a tough game – they are a good side.

“I’ve been looking forward to it all month, I’ll get an early night then get ready for it – hopefully we’ll get three points and keep on marching.”

The Red Rebels are currently playing home games at Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold, as they await completion of their new 4,500-capacity Broadhurst Park HQ.

United, who have reached the promotion play-offs for the last three years, have been one of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier’s draw specialists, this season, with six. However, they remain unbeaten at home in the league, so far. The tenth-placed side have found goals hard to come by in NPL action, with just 12 from 10 games.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull at 9.30am with places still just £10 each.

Whitby’s opponents at the Turnbull next Wednesday (Oct 8) night, Workington, have been even more shot-shy than the Rebels, with just nine goals scored in their 10 games.

They trail United by mere goal difference in 11th place.

It’s the two sides’ first clash for ten seasons after Workington’s controversial 2005 promotion in the wake of Spennymoor’s club record being expunged, affecting the final placings.

Kick-off is 7.45pm.

There is a dominoes drive at the club house on Friday (Oct 3) at 8pm and a general knowledge quiz at 8pm on Tuesday, in aid of Will’s Fund.