Boss says: ‘Back us against champions’

WHITBY Town manager Tommy Cassidy has appealed for Blues supporters to back their hometown club, with the threat of being outnumbered against newly-crowned champions FC Halifax on Wednesday (13 Apr) night, writes Andrew Snaith.

Neil Aspin’s men won the Evo-Stik Premier Division title on Saturday with a 2-0 win at relegated Retford United, watched by more than 600 travelling fans from West Yorkshire.

Cassidy, whose Whitby side are chasing their third successive home win, said: “I want the supporters to come in numbers from now until the end of season.”

He also paid tribute to striker Andy Campbell who has two goals from three games after his recent return.

Cassidy stated: “Andy scores goals and he scored a vital one last week – that’s his forte.

“You can’t beat goalscorers – they win football matches.”

Campbell made more than 50 appearances for the former Halifax Town club and helped them out with his winner against Buxton last week, ending the Derbyshire side’s title hopes.

Speaking about his two-year spell at the Shay, 32-year-old former Middlesbrough striker Campbell revealed: “I loved the club, they were absolutely fantastic with me.

“It was a difficult time.

“I got a career threatening injury and I was out for probably nine or 10 months, but I met some lovely people who stuck by me and gave me loads and loads of support.”

Campbell, who has already had supportive calls after his decisive goal last Wednesday, added: “They’re a massive club with good owners, a good chairman and good supporters.

“I’m buzzing and made up they’re going back up to the right end of the scale and it’d be nice to see them back where they belong – in the Conference or even league football.”

Speaking of goalscorers, FC Halifax have the division’s third-highest in Jamie Vardy. The ex-Stocksbridge marksman has 24 goals in the Evo-Stik Premier so far. Two more would take FC Halifax to 100 league goals.

The Shaymen have already beaten Whitby twice this season – first of all, in a 2-0 FA Cup victory and just seven days later, a 5-1 league thumping – both at Halifax.

The Blues have an injury doubt over left-back Alex White who damaged back muscles following a heavy challenge at Kendal on Saturday. The former Stranraer defender was substituted after just 26 minutes.

Otherwise, Cassidy should have a full squad to choose from.

With results going against them over the weekend, he knows every point is vital to secure Premier Division football for Whitby.

Kick-off at the Turnbull Ground on Wednesday night is 7.45pm with admission the usual £7.50 adults, £4.50 concessions and £2 under 18s.

Supporters will be able to choose their own gate prices on Saturday when the Blues are at home again, this time to relegation rivals Ashton United. It’s the club’s second annual ‘Pay What You Want – Fans Day’, with the Blues enjoying a bumper gate last season under the initiative, against Durham City.

The Whitby and district schools penalty shoot-0ut concludes on Saturday with Airy Hill taking on Lythe at half-time for the right to battle Stakesby in the final at full-time.

After that, a Whitby Wanderers side takes on 107 Spark FM – a radio station from Sunderland – managed by former Middlesbrough and England U21 star Dean Gordon, that kicks off at 5.45pm.