Cassidy puzzled by second half woes

WHITBY Town play twice over the long Bank Holiday weekend with a first-ever trip to former Conference National club Stafford Rangers first up on Saturday (27 Aug), writes Andrew Snaith.

Rangers have also failed to win so far this season after their relegation from the Conference North in April.

Whitby Town manager Tommy Cassidy admitted he was “surprised” by the Staffordshire side’s plight: “apparently they’ve lost some players and not doing so well.

“They’re in the same position as us.

“It won’t be easy, it’s a long way down there, but we’re going for the win there and on Monday.”

The Blues tackle Yorkshire rivals Frickley Athletic at the Turnbull Ground on Monday.

Athletic are also struggling with just one win against ailing Burscough, who have problems on and off the field.

Whitby have 16 wins to Frickley’s 11, with eight draws between the two outfits.

Town have now led at half-time in their first four matches only to lose or draw, failing to score in the second half.

Cassidy’s puzzled, admitting it’s “a difficult one to sum up, but we’ve only played four games - we’re going to take the good things out of them and hopefully take those into Saturday’s game.”

“If a game was 45 minutes long we’d be top, but it’s not about fitness.

“It’s difficult to estimate where you’re going to finish.

“I’ve seen teams top after six games and get relegated.”

The former Northern Ireland star also revealed he was looking to get at least one player into his squad for the weekend, possibly two.

He doesn’t know his full squad yet, but is unlikely to go above 19.

“Some players are going to be disappointed, but that’s football”, he added.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground for Stafford at 8.30am, with admission at Marston Road as follows: (seating add £2), adults £9, concession £6 (senior citizen/Armed Forces/students in full-time education) - proof of identity and age required, under 16s £4.

Children aged 12 and under will be admitted to the ground for free if accompanied by an adult paying parent or guardian (maximum two children to one adult).

Monday’s match is also a 3pm kick-off at the Turnbull Ground with admission remaining just £7.50 adults, £4.50 concessions and £2 for under 16s.