Help us turn it around at home

Graeme Armstrong shields the ball under pressure from Trafford'picture: Brian Murfield
Graeme Armstrong shields the ball under pressure from Trafford'picture: Brian Murfield

“Our away form is great, but when we turn our home form around, you’ll really see us moving up the table.”

This is the claim of Whitby Town player-manager Darren Williams ahead of this Saturday’s visit of Grantham Town in the Northern Premier League.

“I personally think we’re under-achieving for the ability we have in the squad,” he added.

“I strongly believe we haven’t hit form yet. We have a better base to build on [than this stage last season].

“We’ve got a very good side, a very good squad.

“The second half of the season is normally our time.”

The Seasiders have just one win on home turf, so far this term, after thumping Stocksbridge Park Steels 4-0.

Town are also the NPL Premier’s draw specialists, with an unsurpassed eight in the league, this season. The Blues have been held after taking the lead in five of those games.

Grantham, in tenth, are two places above Whitby, but lead the Blues by just a single point. Just 12 points separate fifth-top from fifth-bottom in another close-knit campaign.

The Seasiders welcome back Kev Burgess and Lee Bullock from suspension, having never dropped points against their Lincolnshire visitors.

The Blues have won all four encounters with the Gingerbreads, the latest being a 3-2 success at their Meres ground, when Alex White (2) and Nathan Mulligan found the net.

Whitby are sweating on the fitness of striker Craig Farrell, who may play some part, though midfield team-mate Tom Portas will definitely miss out with a torn leg muscle.

The Blues are bidding to extend a three-match November unbeaten run and fans have the opportunity to see former Liverpool and England defender Neil Ruddock post-match at Staithes Athletics Club.

A very limited number of tickets are available through Whitby Town committee member Eddie McNamee on 07969812375. Priced at £20 each, they include a Pie and Peas supper and entertainment from comedian Austin Knight, as well as Ruddock himself.

A bus leaves the Turnbull Ground at 7.15pm, please book your place through chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241 344.