Blues strengthen ahead of Darlo test

The latest news from the Turnbull Ground
The latest news from the Turnbull Ground

Whitby Town could include up to three new faces in their squad for Tuesday’s clash at Darlington.

Right-winger Jack Elliot has joined the Blues on a month’s loan from National League side Gateshead, and boss Chris Hardy expects to finalise a further two deals in time for his side’s trip to tackle the Quakers.

“I’m pleased we’ve managed to get Jack in, and I’m hopeful of having another two lads registered in time to face Darlington,” Hardy told the Whitby Gazette.

“This is how it is going to be over the coming weeks, with players coming and going as we try to get the balance of the squad right now, with the aim of having a more settled group in time for next season.”

The Blues will be without a couple of more familiar faces for their trip to Darlo’s Bishop Auckland base, as Richard Pell is unavailable and Liam Shepherd has left the club. Adam Gell is also a doubt due to injury.

“Liam Shepherd has moved on due to the increased commitment we are asking players to make during the week,” Hardy added.

“He’s based in York and it has proved difficult for him to get over here for training.

“Richard Pell won’t be available at Darlington, and Adam Gell has been working with the physios trying to recover from a knock, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Hardy admits that the prospect of facing the high-flying Quakers on their own patch is “about as tough as it gets”, but says his side go into the game in confident mood.

“It’s a tough ask, they are riding high, but at the same time we are desperate for points. It’s a game with a bit of a derby feel to it, and it should be a good match,” he continued.

“The lay-off due to the recent postponements has been frustrating, but most teams are in the same boat, it’s not as if we are the only ones who have been affected by it.

“We’ve been very active during our time off, and that’s what is important. We have been working hard in preparation for the matches.

“It’s a game that we’re going into with a positive approach.

“Most will be expecting a home win, but we’ll go into the game confident.”

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