Cassidy: ‘We can pile on the points’

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WHITBY Town manager Tommy Cassidy believes his side can pile on the points if they continue their current form, which has yielded three wins out of three, including victory over promotion-chasing Buxton in midweek, writes Andrew Snaith.

Cassidy told the Whitby Gazette: “For us, the most important thing at the moment is making sure we’re completely 100% safe from relegation, but if they can replicate Wednesday’s performance for the next five games, I’ll be very very happy.

“I don’t want to be greedy, but if we can play the same way with the same passion and the same determination, we can get a lot more points.”

The Blues are now five places and seven points clear of the Evo-Stik Premier drop zone but Cassidy is not completely satisfied.

“We’re not out of the mire yet,” he said. “Over the past month we’ve gone a long way towards it, but we need another win.

“I don’t want the players thinking it’s over with now and going into the safety trap.”

The Blues have doubts over Dave McTiernan, who suffered a badly bruised foot during the Buxton win and Ibby Hassan, who continues to carry a shoulder injury.

However, physio Kenny Bolton thinks both players “should be okay”, as Whitby look to claim just their second-ever win in the Lake District town of Kendal, on Saturday (9 April), at the eighth attempt.

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

Thirteen years on and the Seasiders have a run of just one win in nine against the Cumbrians who kept alive their faint play-off hopes with a 2-0 win over Whitby’s third-bottom rivals Frickley Athletic.

Lee Ashcroft’s men are eight points away from the top five in 11th spot having struggled to just one win in six, including defeat at basement club Retford, prior to Tuesday’s victory.

Meanwhile in North Yorkshire, Cassidy feels his squad are beginning to gel after smashing assistant Tony Elliott’s target of seven points from their last three games.

He added: “The players know where we’re coming from. We’re saying to the players we think you can do it and they’ve proved us right- they’ve done it.

“I was a bit sceptical when I first came to the club, but I’m beginning to see the attitude of the players and recently it’s been very good.”

Admission at the Lakeland Radio Stadium is £8 adults, £4 concessions and £2 children. Kick-off is 3pm with a supporters’ Coach leaving the Turnbull Ground at 10.30am. Seats are priced just £10.

Whitby Town take on champions elect FC Halifax Town at the Turnbull on Wednesday (13 April) at 7.45pm - the Shaymen need just a single point to claim the league title.

* There is a dominoes drive in the club house on Friday night (8 April) at 8pm.