Whitby kick off run of three home games

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Whitby Town’s first night game since November sees Rushall Olympic visit the Turnbull Ground tonight (Tuesday March 18) to kick-start a run of three successive home matches.

Darren Williams was cagey ahead of tonight’s game, but was adamant that a big improvement is required.

“Players need to be playing for their places.

“I get impression some feel they can’t be dropped, but it’s a team game.” the Blues boss said.

“I think we’re massively underachieving. We got ourselves into a great position but the season’s in danger of filtering out.

“Hopefully we’ll have Graeme Armstrong back from flu, but, [regarding changes], you never know what will happen with illness, knocks and work commitments.”

Williams, however, hasn’t lost faith in his side’s ability though - in fact, quite the opposite is true.

“I know that on our day, at our best, we can beat anyone in this league.

“But equally, when we don’t put the work in, when we only play for 45 minutes, anyone will want to play us,” he said.

The Town player-manager is unsure whether he’ll be on the pitch or in the dugout - he seems reluctant to have to strap the boots back on.

“To be honest, you concentrate so much on the other lads, I don’t think I’d be in a position to finish 90 minutes.”

The Blues have only won one of five meetings with the Walsall outfit, with their most recent encounter being a hard-fought goal-less draw in the West Midlands, last January.

The eighth-placed Pics lead Town by seven points and five places and completed a double over league leaders Chorley, with a 1-0 win on Saturday, which stretched Rushall’s unbeaten run to eight games.

In contrast, the Blues are looking to end a run of four successive defeats.

Kick-off is 7.45pm with admission: £2 for under 18s, under 16s get in free with a paying adult, senior citizens £5 and adults £9.

Easter draw tickets are on sale at Tuesday’s game and the Blues are back at home on Saturday when Ashton United are the visitors.