Whitby Town to unveil new striker against Hartlepool

Whitby Town skipper Mark Robinson is presented wit the Mickey Skinner Trophy by Donald Cowan

Whitby Town skipper Mark Robinson is presented wit the Mickey Skinner Trophy by Donald Cowan

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Whitby Town begin their pre-season campaign with the visit of League Two Hartlepool United on Friday night (July 17), with an earlier-than-usual 7pm kick-off.

Ronnie Moore’s men warmed up with a 7-0 thrashing of Northern League Second Division Billingham Town on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Town fans will get a first glimpse of striker Mikey Roberts and midfielder Adam Gell in Whitby colours.

Roberts (24), who Whitby player-boss Darren Williams has described as a “great lad with a good attitude”, joined from Spennymoor Town last week. He netted 20 times for the Evo-Stik NPL First Division North play-off semi-finalists, last season.

Williams told the Whitby Gazette: “I’m pleased we managed to beat off the competition for him, I believe he will be a big part of our season and our future going forward.”

It has also emerged that the undisclosed fee for the marksman was fulfilled by an anonymous supporter or sponsor who wanted the club to develop.

Gell and returning winger Callum Martin (both 24) have also joined from Northern League neighbours Guisborough Town.

“I’m looking forward to working with the lads”, Williams said.

“We are working hard to compete with clubs which seem to have an endless pit of money.”

Asked whether Gell, who earned rave reviews in the middle of the Park for Guisborough, was the Northern League’s best midfielder, he added:“Yes I think he is, we had to battle to get him.”

Williams also said he will have two Swedish triallists featuring at the Turnbull on Friday night, with Guisborough away next up on Wednesday (July 22) as a number of players face their former side.

As part of the deal that clinched Martin and Gell’s signings, forward Steven Snaith (21) has joined the Priorymen, who also count ex-Blues Nathan Mulligan and Nick Liversedge among their ranks.

The two sides will again be competing for the Micky Skinner Trophy, which the Blues hold after last season’s 2-1 win, and the clash kicks off at 7.30pm.

Admission tonight at the Turnbull Ground and for all Whitby’s home friendlies – FC United of Manchester (Sat July 25), Darlington (Sat August 1) and Kendal Town (Sat August 8)– is £6 for adults, £3 seniors and £2 under 18s.

Supporters can buy season tickets from the Whitby Town club shop at all those home games with prices as follows: Adults £150, concessions £85 and under 18s £40.

To buy independently, call chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241 344.

* A former Whitby Town strip which has the league’s former UniBond sponsor on the front, is going spare to any local football teams who may be interested.

It is an adult kit made up of short and shorts and is free to a good home.

Contact club secretary John Tyreman on (01947) 605153 on an evening.