WHITBY Town face a testing six-pointer at Ilkeston Town this Saturday - and new striker Craig Farrell has spoken of his delight at the way the Blues play their football.
Farrell (29), who signed from rivals Blyth Spartans last Friday, made his debut against Ashton United and much prefers the playing style of the Seasiders to that of his former club.
He told the Whitby Gazette: “It suits me down to the ground, they try to play the ball early into feet, rather than at Blyth when it seemed to be a lot of back to front and I spent the whole time going for headers really.
“At Whitby, they like to pass the ball, get the ball down and do things properly.”
Meanwhile, Blues player-manager Darren Williams doesn’t think last month’s 4-2 FA Trophy victory over Ilkeston, will have too much bearing on the weekend’s league clash.
Fourth-bottom Town are just one point and one place above the Derbyshire outfit, who hold a game in hand and disposed of Whitby’s conquerors Ashton, 3-0 in midweek.
“We’ll just plan it as another game,” Williams said.
“We’re not thinking that we’re going there with an advantage, because we beat them - we’d leave ourselves open for anything to happen.
“We’ll approach the game in the right manner, hopefully we can reproduce some of the quality that we had on Saturday [against Ashton].
“It gives each side an insight into each other, it might be a situation when they’re looking to get one over on us for beating them.”
Despite signing front-man Farrell, who already has seven league goals for Blyth so far this season, Williams has left the door open for veteran marksman Jamie Clarke (39), who hasn’t featured in Town’s last four outings.
“He does a lot of travelling up and down the country, if his workload becomes lighter, then who knows, but we’ve got to look after ourselves now and we have to get the right squad together.
“And make sure that the lads that we have will be there, week in week out and at training week in week out, unfortunately, that doesn’t fit in with Jamie and his work.”
The ex-Sunderland defender also isn’t concerned about Whitby’s inability to beat Ilkeston at their New Manor Ground in four attempts, though those games were against the old Ilkeston Town club.
“We broke not a great record at Kendal this year - records are there to be broken,” he said.
“Despite recent results, confidence is still high.
“It’s a massive game, they’re at home, the onus is on them to beat us.
“It wont be an easy game, it never is, we didn’t start well against them [in the Trophy] but we finished the game like a house on fire.
“Our mindset is to start properly and do things right.
“I’m very confident that if we do that, we’ll get three points.”
Kick-off at The New Manor Ground is 3pm, with admission set at £9 for adults, £5 senior citizens and £1 for those under the age of 16, providing they are accompanied by an adult.