Blues boss urges fans to become team’s 12th man

Whitby Town striker Matty Waters should be fit to face Halesowen Town on Saturday. Picture Brian Murfield
Whitby Town striker Matty Waters should be fit to face Halesowen Town on Saturday. Picture Brian Murfield

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy is urging the club’s fans to get behind his team and become the “12th man” ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Halesowen.

The Blues, unbeaten in four games, tackle the West Midlands outfit knowing that a point could take them out of the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone for the first time since October.

And boss Hardy feels that the Town faithful can play their part in helping his players achieve a result.

“I really believe that the fans have a big part to play when it comes to home games,” he said.

“They can become that 12th man and give us a real advantage with the atmosphere they create and their support for the players.

“It’s important that they get behind the lads and help drive them on, but we have to give them something to get excited about, and make sure we’re producing the goods out there on the pitch.”

Whitby should be at full-strength for their clash with the 13th-placed Yeltz after the postponement of Wednesday’s home fixture with Ashton United afforded a couple of players who were carrying injuries extra time to recover.

“Obviously it was a little bit frustrating that the game in midweek was off due the Turnbull Ground being waterlogged, but in one sense the postponement did us a favour,” Hardy added.

“Matty Waters would have likely missed out after doing his hamstring at Stamford and Adam Gell was also struggling, but those two should be okay for the weekend.

“I expect us to have a clean bill of health going into what I feel is a winnable game for us, and that’s a big positive.”

October’s away clash with Halesowen ended in a 0-0 draw, and a repeat of that result on Saturday could be enough to lift Town out of the drop zone after a trio of draws and a victory from their last four games

Hardy’s men now only remain behind 20th-placed Marine in the league standings on goal difference.

“It’s a case of taking things one game at a time, but moving out of the relegation zone will be a big boost, and we can do that against Halesowen if we apply ourselves in the right manner and other results go our way.

“Halesowen seem to be a bit of a hit-and-miss team, who have dropped points of late, and more importantly we are playing well at the moment.

“We have been creating chances and scoring goals, indeed we could have won three matches with the opportunities we had at Stamford, but most importantly we are picking up points, so we go into the match confident.”

New signings, left-back Andy McWilliams and striker Tyler Scarth, who joined the club on loan from Harrogate Town and on a three-month work experience placement from Accrington Stanley, respectively, both go straight into Saturday’s squad.

Whitby Town v Halesowen Town kicks off at 3pm at the Turnbull Ground.