Whitby Town aim to bounce back from Ilkeston defeat

This montage shows the second minute collision between Whitby's Ibby Hassan and Ilkeston keeper Scott Low, who was making his debut'picture: Brian Murfield
This montage shows the second minute collision between Whitby's Ibby Hassan and Ilkeston keeper Scott Low, who was making his debut'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town are hoping to bounce back from Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat to Ilkeston, when they visit Ashton United, this Saturday (27 April).

Like Town, the Greater Manchester club are vying for a top-half spot and currently sit 11th, two places and five points above Darren Williams’ men.

Williams will rotate his side, giving colleagues a chance to impress, before he decides who to retain for next season.

Town’s player-manager said: “People need the opportunities between now and the end of the season. I can’t judge people from giving them 10-15 minutes here and there, but unfortunately everyone who started against Ilkeston let themselves down, including myself.”

The Blues have two games remaining with the long trip to Stafford Rangers coming on the final weekend of the season.

“Inconsistency is why we’re not in the play-offs”, Williams added.

“The consistent teams are always up there fighting and that’s our downfall. We have the squad to do it, we have the ability to do it, but we just don’t do it regularly enough.”

The 35-year-old also urged his squad to “have a good look” at themselves.

“They’ve got to turn up on Saturday with that desire.”, he said. “There’s two games left until the end of the season, for us as management and as a club, it’s decision time and if they don’t meet the mark then that’s it- simple.”

Physio Kenny Bolton is hoping midfielder Tom Portas can recover after straining a hamstring in last week’s draw with Eastwood, which saw him miss the midweek disappointment. Otherwise the Blues will be at full strength against an Ashton side that are expected to be anything but.

With four players missing, they were forced to field coach Billy McCartney in Tuesday’s 3-0 reverse at FC United of Manchester.

Having enjoyed just one win in seven, the Robins are struggling for form and Whitby will be seeking revenge, after a 3-1 loss at the Turnbull Ground in November. Historically, the Blues have fared well at United’s Hurst Cross with no defeat there since February 2006 and only two in 11 visits overall. Last season, Ibby Hassan and Jimmy Beadle were on target in a 2-1 floodlit success there.

Admission on Tameside is £9 adults, concessions £6 and one under 13 gets in free with a paying adult.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 9.30am, with seats still just £10 each.

The Whitby Town end-of-season awards night takes place at the Stables Restaurant on Saturday 11 May, with places also costing £10 a-piece. Contact Chairman Graham Manser to book either a place on the bus or your ticket for the presentation evening, on 07966 241344.