Whitby Town hit FA Trophy trail

Whitby are hoping to repeat recent glories over Chorley and their boss Garry Flitcroft (in the background) when they meet on Saturday'picture: Brian Murfield
Whitby are hoping to repeat recent glories over Chorley and their boss Garry Flitcroft (in the background) when they meet on Saturday'picture: Brian Murfield
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Whitby Town aim for a home double this week as the Blues’ FA Trophy campaign begins this Saturday, followed by Grantham on Wednesday, both at the Turnbull Ground.

The Seasiders once again tackle Garry Flitcroft’s Chorley this weekend, in a competition they knocked the Magpies out of, at the same stage, last season.

Steven Snaith, Graeme Armstrong and Shane Henry all found the net for Town in a 3-1 Trophy win at Chorley’s Victory Park, last September.

Whitby then return to EvoStik League action on Wednesday when Grantham Town visit the Turnbull.

The mid-table Gingerbreads are another side the Blues have fared well against historically, with four wins out of four so far.

Last season, Darren Williams’ men won 3-2 at the Lincolnshire outfit’s South Kesteven Sports Stadium and enjoyed a 2-0 victory in the corresponding home game, with Nathan Mulligan notching twice.

Earlier this season, the Blues held high-flying Chorley 0-0 away, though despite Town losing just once in eight against the Lancastrians, player-boss Williams is taking nothing for granted.

“We played Chorley early in the season and really should’ve won,” he said.

“But since then, Garry Flitcroft’s got them going well, I’m 100% sure he’ll want to get on the front foot.”

The First Qualifying Round tie, in the FA Trophy, is worth £2,700, a fact not lost on Williams after his side’s FA Cup exit, at the first hurdle, last month.

“The FA Trophy’s important, but then every game’s important to us,” he said.

“We went out of the FA Cup by our own doing. “

Turning to midweek league action, Williams remains upbeat.

“The lads are looking forward to it,” he said.

“We’re still in with a chance of the play-offs, but we need to start turning the one-pointers into three,” he insisted.

Kick-off against Chorley on Saturday, in the FA Trophy is 3pm, with Wednesday’s league game against Grantham Town, a 7.45pm start.

Admission for each game is £9 adults, £6 concessions and £2 under 18s.

Under 16s get in free with a paying adult.