Blues Lake-ing for first win of season

WHITBY Town visit the Lake District on Tuesday (23 Aug) night still looking for their first win of the season at the fourth attempt, writes Andrew Snaith.

And the Blues have a less than impressive record on their travels against Kendal Town - they’re looking for just their second ever win at the ninth time of asking.

The Seasiders won 1-0 back in March 1998 when Kendal were known as Netherfield. Andy Toman scored the fastest goal in the club’s history after 17 seconds.

Last season’s corresponding game saw the Blues lose out 2-1 with Ibby Hassan sent off in injury time.

Manager Tommy Cassidy is particularly worried with his side’s poor passing of late.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “It’s a big concern, we’ve got to put it right.

“We can’t hold the ball.

“I’m talking about passing a ball 10 yards under no pressure.

“Every training session, we pass the ball all night long.”

The Blues’ boss will be without striker Rob McDermid once again due to a shoulder injury, but midfielder Marc Ellison should be available after illness.

Cassidy also revealed he’s had a stressful opening to the season.

“It’s been a traumatic week,” he said.

“We’ve been one up at half-time three times and it’s gone wrong.

“We’ve got to get on with it Tuesday and we have to understand the way we want to play and keep the ball.”

The Blues’ Cumbrian hosts have had a mixed start to the new season, beating Worksop 3-0 on the opening day before their scheduled trip to Northwich Victoria was called off after the Vics failed to secure the right paperwork to show they now own their ground.

Lee Ashcroft’s men then went down 1-0 to a penalty at Matlock Town this past weekend.

Kick-off at the Lakeland Radio Stadium is 7.45pm, with admission £8 for adults, concessions £4, children £2 or £1 when accompanied by a paying adult.