Blues hoping for bumper gate - and first points

Graeme Armstrong in an aeriel duel'picture: Brian Murfield
Graeme Armstrong in an aeriel duel'picture: Brian Murfield

WHITBY Town are hoping for a bumper gate tonight (Wed)- and their first points of the season - when they take on high-fliers FC United of Manchester at the Turnbull Ground.

The Blues have endured a nightmare start, with five EvoStik League defeats out of five, but boss Darren Williams insists all their matches so far have been close and that Whitby have dominated much of these fixtures, without reward.

Whitby ran FC United close in a 3-2 reverse last month and were applauded off the pitch by the large crowd at Bury’s Gigg Lane - Williams sees no reason why that level of performance can’t be repeated.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “We are looking forward to tonight’s game.

“We know it will be a good footballing game, it will not be a scrappy game or a long ball situation.

“I’ve spoken to a few of FC United’s backroom staff who have said ‘we’ll see if we can come to your place and snatch your wallet again.’”

Although the Blues played well in August’s away match, Williams is aware that tonight could be a completely different scenario.

“We will have to work hard to get the spoils,” he stressed.

“Fingers crossed we will be able to get our first points on the board and give the lads a lift ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie.”

With the weather forecast looking good for today, it is hoped the fixture will attract a good crowd, with more than 600 turning up to see last season’s clash between the two.

“Hopefully, people can see how well we’ve played - it’s not a case of us getting trounced every week because we’re not good enough,” he added.

“We’ve just been creating our own problems and if we cut those out, we will be okay.”

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.45pm.

* See Friday’s Whitby Gazette for report of Whitby v FC United game.