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Hardy relishing Tigers test as Challenge Cup kicks off

Whitby boss Chris Hardy
Whitby boss Chris Hardy

Whitby Town are preparing to host their second Challenge Cup next week, as Middlesbrough, Hull City and Sheffield United are set to line up at the Turnbull Ground.

The Seasiders, who hosted Newcastle United, Celtic and AZ Alkmaar this time last year, will take their bow against Hull City on Thursday (July 26), after Sheffield United and Middlesbrough open the tournament on Wednesday.

And Blues boss Chris Hardy is looking forward to pitting his side against another set of technically-gifted players.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in another Challenge Cup,” Town boss Hardy said.

“It’s with different personnel but with equally challenging games, which will only benefit our pre-season programme.”

Tickets are still on sale for the tournament, with early-bird passes available from Station News, the Ellerby Hotel, Whitby Town Football Club and www.whitby-town.com for just £20 adults and £12 concessions, while Under-18s accompanied by paying adults are admitted for free.

Tickets for the individual games cost £10 for adults, while concessions can get into the Turnbull for £6.