Whitby ‘must react’ to dismal cup exit

The Turnbull Ground shrouded in mist for Wednesday night's replay'picture: Brian Murfield
The Turnbull Ground shrouded in mist for Wednesday night's replay'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town will look to get their season back on track following their midweek cup exit when they host a Marine side who’ve also made a below-par start to the new campaign on Saturday (20 Sep).

The Mariners have turned things around in recent weeks with back-to-back wins again Ossett Town in the FA Cup and 10-man Ashton on Tuesday, plus goal-less draws against Workington and FC United.

Both sides have won twice so far with Whitby one place above their North West opponents, in 15th.

The Blues have a good record against the Crosby club with just one defeat in eight games and just one in 11 at the Turnbull Ground. Both games were tied last season, with a 0-0 stalemate at the Turnbull and 1-1 draw in the return with Graeme Armstrong on target.

The Seasiders can go into the top half with victory and will assess defender Lee Bullock (calf) and midfielder Dale Hopson (foot) before the weekend.

Skipper Mark Robinson agreed with manager Darren Williams that there needs to be a reaction from the Seasiders.

“I think Darren, Cammy and Dennis can only say so much, so when you cross that line, you need to take some responsibility.” he insisted.

“We always talk about getting it down and playing at home and we didn’t do that on Wednesday.

“We’ve got to go away, not sulk and come back stronger on Saturday. We owe Darren a performance and owe the fans a performance as well.”

Williams also revealed “the ball is in Sam’s court” when asked about striker Sam Calvert who has chosen to play at Pickering Town to get more first team starts, but remains registered with the Blues for Evo-Stik League football.

“The door is still open for him here,” he added.

Admission at the Turnbull Ground is £9 for adults, £5 concessions, £2 under 18s and under 16s get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Kick-off is the usual 3pm.