Trophy test at Turnbull for Hardy’s high-flying Town

Luke Bythway netted for the Blues in their home draw with Workington
Luke Bythway netted for the Blues in their home draw with Workington

Whitby take on Workington on Saturday in a repeat of last season’s FA Trophy First Qualifying Round encounter, which the Blues won 3-0.

Darren Williams’ side hit the Cumbrians three times through Matty Waters, Lee Mason and Ryan Brobbel.

None of the aforementioned four are with the Seasiders anymore, but Town go into the clash top of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier, while the Reds have made a more indifferent start to their campaign after manager Derek Townsley departed.

Workington sit 13th after their mini-revival was ended by a 2-1 home defeat to Stafford Rangers last weekend.

However, the Reds deservedly took a point from the Turnbull Ground earlier this month.

Luke Bythway put the Blues ahead before half-time, but Nathan Waterston slid home in a strong second-half showing from the visitors.

Blues boss Chris Hardy will have influential midfielder Dale Hopson available again after serving a one-match suspension.

There is £2,700 up for grabs for Saturday’s winner with Whitby also seeking to extend their unbeaten home run, which has been in place since April.

Admission at the Turnbull Ground is £10 for adults, £6 concessions and £3 for Under-18s.

Under-16s accompanied by a full-price paying adult are admitted free.

Saturday is the first of at least three successive home outings for the Blues, who host Grantham Town in the league on Tuesday, followed by Matlock the following Saturday November 5.