Sullivan in line for Whitby call-up

Whitby Town welcome Merseysiders Marine to the Turnbull Ground on Saturday (Nov 30), with local lad Benn Sullivan in line for a call-up, if he can shake off a hamstring injury.

The 20-year-old signed a fortnight ago from Whitby Fishermens FC and has also spent time at Fishburn Park.

Benn has been training with the Blues and can play on the left side of defence and midfield.

Meanwhile, player-boss Darren Williams has called for his side to put the effort in for the full 90 minutes and be more ruthless when they go ahead in games.

The Seasiders have led in five of their nine draws in the NPL this season and Williams sat his players down for a frank post-match discussion at the weekend.

“It’s nice to hear different people speak up”, he said. “You see things differently from the sideline and it was good having Tom Portas, as one of the players, on the bench to give his view too, so it wasn’t just me complaining.”

Like Whitby, Marine have picked up just one league win this month. They lie seventh, seven places, but just five points, above Williams’ men. Former Northwich Victoria front-man Andy Fowler represents the Mariners’ biggest goal threat with 10 league strikes this term.

Williams is hoping Kev Burgess and Craig Farrell are close to being back, although it could be too soon for Portas. The Blues will be without experienced midfielder Dave McTiernan who starts a three-match ban for his sending-off against Grantham.

Williams is again calling for noisy backing for his troops tomorrow as they battle to rise up the Evo-Stik NPL Premier.

Kick-off at the Turnbull Ground is 3pm.

* Whitby Town’s sportsmen’s dinner take place on Tuesday at Raithwaite Hotel, with ex-Premier League footballers John Hendrie and Dean Windass there.