Blues face two more huge games in survival bid

Lee Mason gets to the ball first in Monday's all-Yorkshire clash with Frickley'picture: Brian Murfield
Lee Mason gets to the ball first in Monday's all-Yorkshire clash with Frickley'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town player-manager Darren Williams expects to have two strong sides available for the crucial trips to fellow strugglers Stamford and Nantwich this coming week.

Last week, Williams warned that his side needed to wake up, or risk being relegated, following a 4-0 loss to title-chasers FC United.

But a win and a draw over the Easter weekend mean the Blues now need seven points from their last four Evostik League games to guarantee their top flight safety.

And with virtually a full squad available, it will enhance Whitby’s chances of more much-needed points, starting at Stamford on Saturday (April 11).

“I think everybody should be okay, touch wood,” said Williams, “but we’ll assess them this week and hopefully go down there with a full squad.”

The Blues visit Stamford’s new Zeeco Stadium, on the outskirts of the Lincolnshire town, for the first time.

Sitting fifth-from-bottom, Stamford, known as the Daniels, trail Town by five points but their shock 4-1 win up the road from them at Grantham, on Monday, sees them in good heart.

It was their first league win in 11 games and they’re now targeting a first-ever victory at their new complex.

“There are no easy games,” Williams told the Whitby Gazette. “We now play teams in and around us and they’re going to be tough games we’ll approach in the correct manner.

“I think we’ll be okay but people who say that often aren’t, so we’ve got to do a job and see the season out in the right manner, then start to build for next season,” he adds.

The Seasiders then travel to Cheshire and 16th-placed Nantwich Town on Tuesday (April 14).

The Dabbers trail Town on goal difference only, but like Stamford, were well beaten at the Turnbull Ground, earlier this season.

They go into the weekend programme on the back off three successive victories, imitating the Blues in hitting neighbours Witton 3-0 on Monday just 48 hours after a shock win at promotion-chasing Curzon Ashton.

Liam Shotton’s 18 league goals means the Nantwich marksman must surely present the biggest threat to Shane Bland and the Blues backline on Tuesday night.

Town are next at home on Saturday week (April 18) when Ashton United visit the Turnbull Ground.

Surviving members of the Blues’ 1965 FA Amateur Cup finalists team will also be presented to the crowd in a match that will feature the Whitby and district primary schools’ penalty shoot out final and be ‘pay what you want’.

A supporters’ bus for Saturday’s game at Stamford leaves the Turnbull at 8.45am and a bus for Tuesday’s match at Nantwich departs at 1.45pm.

There is a general knowledge quiz at the club house next Wednesday (April 15), starting at 8pm.

Proceeds to club funds.