Whitby Town aiming for Marine double

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WHITBY Town hope for their first double of the season when Marine visit the Turnbull Ground this Saturday (5 Feb), writes Andrew Snaith.

Town find themselves in the bottom four of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division after a run of just one league win in five.

Tuesday’s stalemate at Frickley was more a point gained in the opinion of manager Tommy Cassidy.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “A draw was a fair result.

“Second half, we didn’t really trouble their keeper and that’s definitely a concern.”

However, the 60-year-old former Northern Ireland and Newcastle United midfielder stated: “We looked much better at the back, that’s where most of our plusses are in the back four.

“Any team can beat any other on their day but we’ve got to have our day more often in the next few months.”

The Blues may find comfort in their home record against sixth-placed Marine, who Town have already turned over 3-1 away after two Andy Campbell strikes.

The Merseyside club have also been beaten nine times out of their last 10 trips to North Yorkshire.

Only skipper Tony Hackworth is a doubt after failing a fitness test on a badly bruised foot on Tuesday, but physio Kenny Bolton has high hopes of Town having a full squad available.

Davey Southern and John McReady picked up knocks and were substituted late on at Frickley, but are both expected to recover.

Cassidy has been struggling in his efforts to bring in players, with the Blues’ boss previously stating he was three or four short, minimum.

“The players from the leagues above just don’t want to play at this level”, he admitted.

One player who has re-joined the club is versatile forward Dave McTiernan. He begins a third spell at the Turnbull Ground and played under Cassidy at Newcastle Blue Star.

McTiernan started the season with Whitby and came close to scoring on his return at Frickley - the former Harrogate Town man has made more than 150 appearances for the Seasiders and was pleased to return after his move from Northern League Spennymoor Town.

“It’s a great club (Whitby Town), it’s a club that’s quite close to me and they’re really all great lads,” he said.

“I spoke with Tommy, he said come back and see what I’ve got - it’s enjoyable to be back at a good standard.”

Kevin Lynch’s men have won five of their last six games, but Cassidy remains confident going into Saturday’s clash.

“We need supporters behind us to form an atmosphere where Whitby Town are hard to beat at home.

“I’m waiting for us to break the 300 mark.

“What I do know 100% is that if the players play to their highest, then we will stay up.”

Kick-off is 3pm with admission just £7.50 adults, £4.50 concessions and £2 under 18s.

The Blues have another home game on Wednesday (9 Feb) night, when fellow strugglers Stocksbridge Park Steels visit the Turnbull Ground with a 7.45pm start.