Simply a win will do for Blues at Hucknall

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WHITBY Town hope to kick-start their season with a first win of 2011 at rivals Hucknall Town on Saturday (29 Jan), writes Andrew Snaith.

The Nottinghamshire side are seemingly in comfortable mid-table, sitting 14th, but only the bottom two have conceded more goals.

The Seasiders have a mixed record against them with five wins to three and four draws since the first meeting in September 1999.

Four players required treatment after the 1-0 weekend defeat to Chasetown, with Ibby Hassan cramped up following his first competitive game in nine weeks.

Central defensive partner Kev Burgess will also see physio Kenny Bolton to check out his back strain that he played through last Saturday.

Strike pairing Andy Campbell (hamstring) and Davey Southern (knee) also inflamed old injuries but all should be fit and available for the trip south.

Bolton is delighted with the progress of Jimmy Beadle, who suffered a broken arm just a month ago - the seven-goal midfielder was substituted to rest him with 20 minutes left on Saturday.

Manager Tommy Cassidy was pleased with the performance against Chasetown despite a disappointing result.

He felt his side deserved a point but added: “football’s like that”.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “Against North Ferriby and Worksop we played poorly, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday and if we play like that again at Hucknall, I think we’ll win.”

The former FA Trophy finalists have won just one of their last six outings after a December completely without football.

But the Seasiders, who lie fourth from bottom, are also struggling for victories, with one win in seven.

Admission at Watnall Road is £8 adults, £5 concessions/OAPs and £3 under 16s with the usual 3pm start.

The Blues are also on the road this Tuesday (1 Feb) when they finally visit third-bottom Frickley Athletic in a real six-pointer of a Yorkshire derby.

Kick-off for that one is 7.45pm.