WHITBY Town player-boss Darren Williams wants revenge over Rushall Olympic this Saturday – and feels the Midlands side stole the points when the sides met on the opening day.
Williams told the Whitby Gazette: “It was a physical game, earlier on in the season, but it was one that we matched them in and also played the better football – they’ve maybe stolen three points from us.”
The West Midlands side defeated Town 1-0, at the Turnbull Ground, on the opening day of the season in August. Neil Kitching’s men sit 12th in the EvoStik League Premier and just nine points off the play-offs, with three games in hand.
Only three teams in the division have lost fewer matches than The Pics, this season.
Physio Kenny Bolton, has confirmed that defender Alex White is fit to return for one of the Blues’ longest trips of the season which he says is “a massive bonus”.
However, Williams, who may also have another centre-half, Kev Burgess, available again, is urging caution.
“We’ve got to tread carefully with both lads,” he said. “It’s a difficult thing, if you’ve been injured a while.
“Alex came back too soon last time and obviously with Kev’s situation, we’ve got to make sure it’s right for the lads and they don’t come back too soon and be out even longer.
“With Alex, he looked okay, but he’s been out a while and knees are quite an awkward injury.
“We had a good, intense [training] session [on Tuesday night] and put the lads through their paces.”
It’s useful timing as on-loan Arjun Purewal is set to leave the club when his loan expires after the weekend.
“It will be his last game this week,” Williams admits. “I’m of the understanding that Darlington are recalling him and hopefully he’ll produce some of the same performances as he has been doing.”
Williams is also hoping to have the returning Jimmy Beadle match-fit as soon as possible, adding: “Training’s a different scenario with Jimmy, we just need to get as many training sessions as we can and build his fitness up from there.”
White revealed his first practice “went well”.
“It felt okay to be fair,” he added.
“We tend not to go flat out in tackles, I made sure I was a bit cautious and looked after myself.
“There were the normal aches and pains when you haven’t used something in a while, but it felt good.”
White and Burgess cleaned up at last season’s awards and are working together to speed up their recoveries.
“When lads get injured, you need to make sure you’re there for them, if they need to speak about anything,” White said. “The squad we’ve got, everyone gets behind you and makes sure you’re right and all you want is the best for the lads.”
Last year’s maiden visit to the Walsall suburbs resulted in a 3-2 defeat, for Tommy Cassidy’s Town, despite Matty Tymon’s strike and Callum Martin’s freak cross turned shot.
Former Stranraer left-footer White is impatient to turn the tables, saying: “It’s only been four and a half weeks since I played last, but four weeks is a long time in football.
“I’m desperate to get back and I’m sure Daz [Williams] is willing me to get back as soon as possible.
“I hate being on the side of the pitch, it’s the worst time for a footballer.”
Kick-off at Dales Lane is 3pm, with admission £7.50 adults, £4 concessions and under 16s free with a paying adult.
A supporters’ coach, priced just £10, leaves the Turnbull Ground at 8.30am.
The Seasiders play their final home game of 2012 a week on Saturday, when Buxton visit the Turnbull, kick-off 3pm.
It’s a final chance for Blues fans to pick up club merchandise in person, before Christmas, though they can order at whitby-town.com.
The festive edition of the club’s Blue Army Fanzine is also on sale.