Whitby Town hit the road again

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Days on from their near-900-mile-week, Whitby Town are back on their travels on Saturday (Nov 9), this time to Barwell in Leicestershire.

It’s Whitby’s first-ever game in the East Midlands village, who were transferred from the Southern Premier League in the summer.

Blues player-manager Darren Williams is concerned about his side’s inconsistency this season which has seen them firmly stuck in mid-table.

“We’re a little bit inconsistent, but I also strongly believe that we haven’t hit form yet.”, he states.

The first clash with Barwell, at the Turnbull, in September saw Town squander an early Graeme Armstrong brace to draw 2-2, but Williams thinks he knows why: “We’ve been complacent”, he admitted. “Sometimes we take our foot off the pedal- even when 2-0 up it’s dangerous. In the Barwell game we were in a comfortable position and let the lead go. It’s a mindset and a mental point of view”, Williams added. “I said to the lads, why stop doing something you’re good at?”

Kick-off is 3.00pm at the Kirkby Road Sports Ground. A supporters coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 8.45am on Saturday, places are still just £10 each.

The Blues kick-off their Doodson Sport Cup campaign next Wednesday (Nov 13) night when Brigg Town visit the Turnbull.

The Lincolnshire outfit are near the bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division South, one level below the Seasiders, but Town could be depleted on the night, with defendersKev Burgess and Lee Bullock facing suspensions.

“Our priority is the league situation”, said Williams, “but we’ll address every game as it comes.”

Whitby haveexitedthe League Cup at the first hurdle, for the past three seasons. The closest Town have come to silverware in the NPL’s cup competitions was the 2000 Presidents’ Cup Final defeat to Trafford.

Kick-off at the Turnbull Ground, on Wednesday, is 7.45pm, with admission £9 for Adults, £5 concessions and £2 under 18s. Under 16s get in free with a paying adult. The tie must be settled on the night, with extra-time and penalties, if necessary.

There is a dominoes drive at Whitby Town clubhouse tonight from 8.00pm.