Whitby ‘must come to table’ for six-pointer

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IT’S a big week at the Turnbull Ground as rivals at the wrong end of the Evo-Stik Premier, Worksop Town, visit in a six-pointer on Wednesday, before Saturday’s FA Cup clash with old adversaries Blyth Spartans, writes Andrew Snaith.

And Blues’ manager Tommy Cassidy believes the midweek meeting is the more important game.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “Worksop had a great win Saturday, which suprised me to be honest, for them to win 3-0.

“We’ve all got to come to the table - me, the players - we’ve all got to come to the table and get a win for Whitby Town Football Club.”

The Nottinghamshire club, nicknamed the Tigers, were languishing beneath the Blues before their weekend victory over in-form Nantwich, a first success for debutant boss Simon Clark.

This took Worksop up two places, something not lost on his opposite number.

“I look at the table and we’ve lost six and I see about 12 other teams who’ve lost the same or more than us,” said Cassidy.

“If we win on Wednesday, we could maybe go up two or three positions and set us up for Saturday and the FA Cup.”

Blue Square North Blyth, so often Town’s nemesis back in the Northern League and in the FA Cup, visit at the weekend, with £7,500 up for grabs. However, Cassidy, who used to manage the Northumberland club’s rivals Gateshead, is firmly focused on league action.

He said: “So many times this season, we’ve drawn when we should have won the game with the chances we’ve missed and the silly goals we’ve given away.”

The former Workington manager admits there will be changes from the side that lost 3-2 at Rushall Olympic this past weekend.

One of those looks sure to be up front as on-loan Callum Hassan returns after missing out in the West Midlands, due to a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards.

Meanwhile, a Whitby striker on-loan elsewhere, found the net for the first time this season. Ex-Middlesbrough marksman Andy Campbell may have been representing Northern League Norton & Stockton on Saturday, but he also suffered a 3-2 defeat, despite scoring the Teesside club’s opening goal against Dunston UTS.

Kick-off at the Turnbull Ground on Wednesday is 7.45pm, with admission still just £8 adults and £5 concessions, with under 16s admitted for only £2 each.

The Blues also now know they visit Woodley Sports and their artificial pitch in the FA Trophy on Saturday 22 October.

The Cheshire outfit, currently sixth in the league below, defeated fellow Evo-Stik Division One North highflyers Skelmersdale United 4-3 at the weekend. Five years ago, Town lost 3-2 to Sports in the same competition on the dreaded 3G surface.