Whitby Town awaiting first home win

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WHITBY Town look for their first home win of the season when Greater Manchester side Ashton United visit the Turnbull, on Wednesday, writes Andrew Snaith.

The Blues were denied deep into injury time by Frickley Athletic and also drew against Mickleover, with top-two Chorley and Bradford picking up wins on Town’s home turf.

Manager Tommy Cassidy wants to see some consistency after the Seasiders followed up last week’s win at Stocksbridge with a dire display against Nantwich on Saturday.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “We can’t just play one game and go off the next two or three.

“Saturday was a reality check for everybody.”

And Cassidy got little comfort from the words of his opposite number, another Belfast boy, after the match: “I know Nantwich’s manager Jimmy Quinn very well and he thought they were hungrier than us and that’s not acceptable.

“They let me down, the club, the chairman and the supporters.”

Cassidy will again be without Kevin Burgess, who completes a three-match ban, for the Ashton game while fellow defender Ash Lyth is struggling with a calf problem.

Midfielder Dave McTiernan has cuts to his leg and Andy Campbell a rib injury, but both should be fit and available.

The Robins have had a mixed season so far, losing to new-boys Rushall and being held by Stocksbridge, but also cruising past highly-rated Matlock Town 3-0.

Cassidy will be hoping to emulate last season’s double over Ashton in the Evo-Stik Premier.

The Ulsterman added: “They’re all big games from now on.”

Kick-off at the Turnbull Ground is 7.45pm with admission £8 adults, £5 concessions and just £2 under 16s.

Meanwhile, the Blues now know they will travel to Northern Counties East Premier outfit Hall Road Rangers in the FA Cup this Saturday. Based between Beverley and Hull, in the village of Dunswell, Rangers currently lie 11th in the division, two levels below Town’s.