Massive six-pointer for Whitby Town

WHITBY Town have a massive six-pointer on Wednesday (16 Mar) night when they visit fellow strugglers Hucknall, who they lead by just two goals, writes Andrew Snaith.

The Nottinghamshire side are all that stand between Tommy Cassidy’s men and a place in the relegation zone.

The former Northern Ireland midfielder is desperate to get his side back on the winning trail.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “We’ve got to go out Wednesday and get some points.

“That’ll lift everybody.”

On the subject of finding new signings good enough to improve things, he added: “It’s very difficult indeed.

“There’s no point in me bringing in young players, we need old heads.”

Hosts Hucknall share an almost identical record to the Blues, but have lost one more game and have a goal difference two goals fewer.

They include one ex-Blue in their ranks - former Scarborough FC striker Robert Gill who had a spell at the Turnbull Ground under Dave Logan in 2005.

Managed by another Tommy, Tommy Brookbanks, the yellows are without a league victory since November - a miserable 12-match run.

Brookbanks previously took Midlands minnows Carlton to seven promotions in 14 years, leaving them in the Evo-Stik First Division South when joining Hucknall last May.

Meanwhile, the Seasiders are sweating on the fitness of marksman Andy Campbell who limped off early on in last week’s 2-1 loss to play-off chasing Matlock Town and missed Saturday’s defeat by the same score.

Whitby have won three and lost three of their six previous visits to Watnall Road, the last being a 2-1 win in November 2002, when Graham Robinson and Stefan Zoll found the net.

Hucknall spent five years away from the Blues in the First Division of the-then UniBond League between 2004 and 2009. Admission at Watnall Road is £8 adults, £5 students/OAPs and £3 under 16s. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 3.30pm, with seats still just £10 each.

The Seasiders are on their travels again this Saturday when FA Trophy giantkillers Chasetown provide the opposition in the West Midlands.