Steels and leaders tests for Town

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BLUES’ player-boss Darren Williams is refusing to look beyond the weekend test at Stocksbridge, despite still smarting over September’s draw with leaders North Ferriby, who visit the Turnbull on Wednesday.

“We’ll deal with each game as it comes,” he said.

“Stocksbridge will be a tough task on Saturday, they’re battling for survival.

“It won’t be easy, but we go there with confidence.

“We need to be more ruthless, but we’ll look to do the job and get the three points down there.”

Physio Kenny Bolton confirmed that Nathan Mulligan went off in the second half, against Buxton, due to a dead leg.

Skipper Mark Robinson suffered back pain, while centre-half Arjun Purewal was left bleeding from the nose and suffered an elbow to the ear.

Williams admitted: “We’re carrying a couple of niggles, but we’ll assess them over the next few days and then decide what we’re going to do on Saturday.

“We don’t have a big squad, but the lads are up to the task and we’ll see how it goes.”

Steels, based in Sheffield, trail Town by 14 points.

Due to the division increasing to 24 clubs next season, only two sides will go down this time around.

The teams are in contrasting form, with Whitby losing once in 10 league games and Saturday’s hosts winning just one of their last 11 - that being a 2-1 success at bottom-side Eastwood, following a 90th minute goal.

Allowing his mind to focus on Ferriby briefly, Williams revealed: “We feel very aggrieved by the result down there.

“I thought we’d done enough, I thought we played particularly well and we should’ve got three points.”

Town had to settle for a 1-1 draw, at Ferriby’s Grange Lane ground, after Jonny Muldoon’s last-minute leveller.

“Unfortunately, we conceded late on, due to a lack of concentration”, Williams lamented.

“It’ll be a tough game, obviously, North Ferriby are doing well, they’re up the top of the league and again, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Asked if he feels that first encounter will help the Blues prepare better for the NPL’s top dogs, Williams reflected: “You have a fair idea with the players now - a few have changed in the Ferriby ranks but we tend to concentrate on our own game first, before we worry about opponents.”

Kick-off on Saturday (2 Mar) is the usual 3pm, with a supporters’ coach leaving the Turnbull Ground at 11.30am, bound for Stocksbridge.

If you want to be on it, contact chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241344 - the cost is just £10 per seat.

Then Wednesday’s clash with North Ferriby United starts at 7.45pm, with admission as follows: £9 adults, £5 concessions, £2 under 18s and under 16s get in free, when accompanied by a paying adult.

* There will be a dominoes drive at 8pm tonight (Fri 1 Mar) in the club house to raise funds for Whitby Town FC.