Blues eye mystery ex-Premier star

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Whitby Town player-manager Darren Williams is hoping to persuade a former Premier League pro to feature for the Seasiders.

The unnamed player, who Williams says “can change a game” has asked to meet up with the Blues next week.

“He’s very influential and isn’t playing for anyone at the moment,” Williams revealed.

“He’s a good friend wanting to come in and train.

“Money’s tight but if we can do something maybe game-to-game until the end of the season, we might be able to get hold of him.”

Town end a seven-week wait for a home game on Saturday (March 8) when struggling Stamford arrive at the Turnbull Ground.

The Seasiders triumphed in Lincolnshire’s southern-most town last November, with Steven Snaith striking twice in a 2-1 win.

The Blues dropped to 11th this week, 10 points adrift of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier play-off places. Williams suggested his players uses Saturday’s defeat at Grantham to pinpoint what went wrong and improve ahead of tomorrow’s outing.

“I want them to look at it and see what they did wrong,” he said.

“We’re still in the play-off picture. We’ve still got an opportunity and lots of games coming up.”

“The majority of them are at home, which is a bonus.

“We need to right some wrongs and hopefully people will be coming to watch and getting behind us.”

A good crowd is vital for the Seasiders after their near two-month absence from the Turnbull Ground, due to a combination of fixture changes, away games and bad weather.

“Things are a bit tight at the moment without that money coming in,” Williams warns.

The 36-year-old has said that changes are likely and that may include a run-out on the pitch for himself as he nears a full recovery from a torn thigh.

“I’m getting there” he said.

“It’s taken longer than expected and I’ve maybe tried to train earlier than I should have.

“Sometimes it’s good to be out there yourself.

“Grantham did the horrible side of the game very well at the weekend and that’s something we need to do. Maybe I can help with that.”

Stamford, promoted from the NPL First Division South last season, currently lie 17th, but have won four of their last five games.

The Blues have an enviable 100% record over the Daniels, who are named after the town’s famous fattest man, 34-stone Daniel Lambert.

Town defeated Stamford 4-1 in the two teams’ first-ever meeting in November 1999. The FA Trophy tie was marred by a broken leg for Blues midfield legend Neil Hodgson.

Whitby beat the East Midlanders 6-3 and 3-0 during season 2007-08.

Admission at the Turnbull Ground is free for under-16s, when accompanied by a paying adult, under-18s get in for just £2, with adults £9 and senior citizens £5.

Kick-off is the usual 3pm.

There is a general knowledge quiz at the Whitby Town club house on Wednesday with an 8pm start.

Five players maximum per team, £2 entry per person – food included.