WHITBY Town manager Darren Williams believes the club’s mini unbeaten run will prove a turning point in their season, with a huge month of games ahead, writes Andrew Snaith.
The Blues’ win at Ashton United on Wednesday closed the gap between them and safety to seven points, helped by fifth-bottom Mickleover’s last-gasp 5-4 defeat at Worksop Town, the same night.
Either side of Christmas, The Blues face seven teams in a row who are currently outside the top nine and Williams is ready for the latest encounter this weekend, at home to Nantwich.
He told the Whitby Gazette: “It’s an important December for us – we’ve got some big games coming up against teams which are around about us.
“Nantwich are a little bit further up the table from us, but nothing to be feared really.”
The Dabbers sit 11th and Town have unfinished business with Jimmy Quinn’s men after a 2-0 September defeat in Cheshire.
Ben Mills struck the winner that day and the Nantwich frontman is one to watch in the Evo-Stik Premier with 10 goals so far this season.
Williams also grabbed the opportunity to get some advice from Wednesday’s defeated opponents.
He revealed: “I’ve spoken to a couple of Ashton players after the match – they’ve played them previously and I got a little bit of insight on them.
“We’re looking forward to tomorrow, we’re looking to go in there full of confidence and come away with something.”
The Seasiders will have to improve on a grim past record against their weekend visitors, with last season’s 3-1 success their only victory in seven meetings.
Quinn (52), who reached the FA Cup semi-finals as a player with West Ham United, managed Nantwich, where he started his career, to the First Round proper this season for the first time in their 127-year history.
They succumbed 6-0 at League One MK Dons last month, in front of a 4,000-plus crowd and have suffered a further four winless games since, including a 4-1 thumping at Kendal Town and a shock 2-1 defeat at bottom club Burscough.
Kick-off on Saturday (3 Dec) at the Turnbull Ground is the usual 3pm, with admission still just £8 for adults, £5 concessions and £2 under 16s.
Blues fans are reminded this is the penultimate game before Christmas Day, with the club shop open for present hunting.
Town host third-bottom Buxton on Saturday 17 December.
Meanwhile, the away trip to Bradford Park Avenue has now been scheduled for Monday 30 January, with a 7.45pm kick-off.