Whitby Town to take on Scottish Premiership new boys

Whitby defender Richard Pell, formerly of Harrogate Town, in action against Hartlepool'picture: Brian Murfield
Whitby defender Richard Pell, formerly of Harrogate Town, in action against Hartlepool'picture: Brian Murfield
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Whitby Town are to take on Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical in the latest pre-season friendly announced by the club.

Boss Darren Williams hopes the game, which is scheduled for Tuesday 22 July, will offer his players and supporters something a bit different and draw in a good crowd.

Hamilton have just been promoted into the top flight of Scottish football after defeating Edinburgh side Hibs in a play-off. They had finished second to Dundee – a former club of Williams’ – in the Championship.

The friendly came about as Hamilton are normally in the north east to play Newcastle United, but this year the Magpies could not fit them into their schedule.

So the Scots side – the only professional British club to have originated from a school team – asked if they could take on Whitby – and Williams (37) had no hesitation in agreeing.

“It is nice to have something different,” he said.

“By all accounts, it’s near on a full strength side they will be bringing with them.

“It’s a friendly we don’t generally play, against a fitter team from a different league.

“They will have a different way of playing to teams in lower divisions and it’s something we have not come up against before.”

Williams knows the clash will offer a physical challenge from his time north of the border: “When I played in Scotland, I found teams to be quite physical and quite strong.”

l Former Blues hitman Jamie Clarke is celebrating after helping England Seniors to the World Cup.

The 40-year-old forward fired 10 goals in 22 games as the Seasiders secured their Evo-Stik NPL Premier status on the final day of the season, at Buxton, two years ago.

Clarke has now enjoyed more success as he helped England to victory in the Seniors’ World Cup in Thailand.

The veteran striker netted twice in the Three Lions’ opening group game and tweeted his delight on Sunday after England saw off Scotland in the final.

“Now this is how to end your career... #worldcupwinner,” he said.

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PRE-SEASON GAMES

Tue 15 July: Guisborough Town A, 7.45pm

Sat 19 July: Dunston UTS A 3pm

Tues 22 July: Hamilton Academical H 7.30pm

Sat 26 July: Hartlepool Utd H 3pm

Wed 30 July: West Auckland Town A 7.30pm

Sat 2 Aug: Darlington 1883 H 3pm

Tues 5 Aug: Pickering Town A 7.45pm

Sat 9 Aug: Scarborough Athletic H 3pm