Town count the cost of ‘disastrous’ postponement

The Blues were denied the chance to renew hostilities with Darlington when Easter Mondays game was postponed
The Blues were denied the chance to renew hostilities with Darlington when Easter Mondays game was postponed

The postponement of Easter Monday’s Evo-Stik Premier Division fixture between Whitby Town and north-east rivals Darlington came as a double blow for the Blues.

Heavy rainfall left the Turnbull Ground under water, meaning that the game had to be postponed and it will now be played on Thursday April 21.

Not only have the club missed out on what was set to be a bumper Bank Holiday gate, but they now also face the prospect of four games in a week at the end of the season.

“The postponement was disastrous for us,” Town chairman Graham Manser told the Whitby Gazette.

“We know that a lot of fans were coming down from Darlington and it’s going to cost us a lot of money.

“We might only get half the amount of visiting supporters coming down now for a midweek night match.

“The rainfall was ridiculous, I’ve never seen the Turnbull the way it was on Monday.

“The fact that the game has been rearranged for a week when we already had three fixtures to squeeze in just compounds matters.

“It makes things harder for us on the playing side as we try to avoid relegation.”

With the club’s finances set to take a significant hit, Manser was pleased to be able to announce some good news regarding the Blues’ off the pitch activities.

Town are set to benefit from a cash boost when the The Stables at Cross Butts hosts the Coastline Festival on August 6.

The event, which the Seasiders are a partner of alongside Dennis Hobson promotions, will raise funds for the RNLI and St Catherine’s Hospice and will feature bands including 10cc and The Real Thing.

“We are very grateful that Graeme Hinchliffe and Dennis Hobson have decided to get involved and do something to help Whitby Town FC,” Manser added.

“They are two businessmen out of Sheffield who come with their friends and play a friendly against a team of locals every year, and that’s how they know us.

“It’s smashing that people from so far away are prepared to give us a hand and help us generate some cash as well as raising our profile.”