Blues ‘must win’ at Stamford

Blues defender Richard Pell battles with Gregg Smith during Stamford's 5-3 win at the Turnbull Ground earlier this season
Blues defender Richard Pell battles with Gregg Smith during Stamford's 5-3 win at the Turnbull Ground earlier this season

Whitby Town travel to fellow strugglers Stamford on Saturday for a game that they must win, according to manager Chris Hardy.

The Lincolnshire side sit two places and two points behind 21st-placed Town, who are still a point shy of escaping the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone.

“It’s another six-pointer for us at Stamford, it’s a must-win game,” Hardy said.

“We cannot afford to lose any ground on the teams in and around us, but we go there confident on the back of some positive results.

“The lads are buoyant at the moment and the work we’re doing behind the scenes seems to be significant enough to be earning us points.

“We are looking fitter and and certainly taking steps in the right direction.”

Town drew 2-2 at promotion-chasing Darlington on Tuesday evening, and Hardy believes that his side were good value for their point.

“It was a really good point for us to pick up, and I think it was well-deserved,” he added.

“Darlington are very strong at home and I don’t believe that many teams will go there and come away with anything.

“We maybe lacked a bit in the first period, but the second-half performance was excellent and the boys really dug in.”

Midfielder Adam Gell missed the draw with the Quakers and is an injury doubt for the Stamford clash, but Richard Pell, who was also unavailable in midweek, should return.

New-signings Jordan Jewson and Jack Elliot – on loan from Hartlepool United and Gateshead, respectively – and Jamie Poole are also expected to feature.

Poole, who has played for Whitby previously, returns to the club from Norton and Stockton, and signed just in time to make a second debut for the club, at Darlington.

“Jamie came in at Darlington and did exactly what I expected of him, he had a really solid game,” Hardy said.

“He’s a guy I know very well, who will do a job for us, add some competition for places, and provide cover for Richard Pell who sometimes works away.”

The last time the two sides met, Town were beaten 5-3 at home by Stamford in late August, despite a double from Scott McCarthy and a Lee Mason strike.

A supporters’ coach to Saturday’s game with the Daniels will depart the Turnbull Ground at 8.45am.

Contact Graham Manser on 07966241344 to book a place.