Whitby Town face most pivotal 90 minutes of campaign

WHITBY Town travel to Derbyshire on Tuesday (19 Apr) night, hoping to come back with three points and the guarantee of playing just one level below conference football, for the 13th successive season, writes Andrew Snaith.

Tommy Cassidy’s men need just one more win regardless of other results and face in-form Mickleover who only secured safety themselves at the weekend.

Cassidy told the Whitby Gazette: “I’m looking forward to the game, we now have a great chance to stay up.”

But the ex-Newcastle United and Burnley midfielder is taking nothing for granted against a side with just one loss from their last eight games: “We’ve got to improve.

“And those players who don’t respond won’t be here next year.

“We need to stay up then things have got to happen at the club in the summer – signing players etc.”

Mickleover are playing at their highest ever standard of football after promotion from the First Division South last season. Dick Pratley’s men have enjoyed four wins out of five in the past month and after Saturday’s win,

Town will have to defeat Ashton once again on tuesday night – Sports’ hitman Karl Ashton who has notched seven goals from eight matches.

The sides met for the first-ever time on the opening day of the season at the Turnbull Ground when the Blues came from 2-1 down to triumph 3-2.

Mickleover secured their Premier Division status with a 2-1 home victory over third-bottom Burscough. Ashton bagged a brace in the success.

Meanwhile for the Blues, left-back Alex White, who went off with sickness on Saturday, is expected to be fit for the trip. Kick-off at the Mickleover Sports Ground is 7.45pm with a supporters’ coach leaving the Turnbull Ground at 2.30pm. Seats are just £10 each.

The Blues play their final home game of the season on Good Friday with a 3pm kick-off.