Veteran keeper sets milestone in sights

Dave Campbell
Dave Campbell

VETERAN Whitby Town goalkeeper Dave Campbell (39) could equal Derek Hampton’s record of 442 games for Whitby Town if selected to face North Ferriby on Tuesday (22 Feb) night, writes Andrew Snaith.

This would put Campbell joint-second among the club’s all-time appearance makers – striker Paul Pitman has played the most games (484) and scored the most goals (379).

The Blues return to action after a 10-day break when sixth-placed Ferriby provide tonight’s opposition before runaway leaders Halifax rock up on Saturday (26 Feb).

John Anderson’s Ferriby side defeated Town 1-0 last October at the Turnbull Ground and victory could put them back in the play-off positions.

The Seasiders will travel without skipper Tony Hackworth, who is now walking unaided after a ligament injury at FC United and teenager John McReady has returned to Darlington.

The young midfielder has been on the bench twice for the Quakers in the past week.

Town supremo Tommy Cassidy is under no illusions as to the size of the task for his side.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “It’ll be a very hard game down there. They’re pushing for the play-offs.”

He added: “We’ll go down there looking to get something – at least the results weren’t so bad for us over the weekend.”

After Saturday’s scheduled trip to Mickleover Sports was called off, fellow strugglers Burscough and Ashton United lost to FC United of Manchester and Marine respectively, to keep Town within touching distance of them at the wrong end of the table.

Victory for the fourth-bottom Blues would see them climb out of the relegation zone, but they’re battling history with just one win in six against Ferriby. However, the East Yorkshire outfit may be ripe for the taking, having only won once in their last four outings, over the past month.

Meanwhile, the Whitby manager confirmed that new loan signing Alex White will make his debut at Ferriby.

The left-sided former Stranraer defender signed on a month’s loan from Cassidy’s old club Workington, last week.

Admission for the 7.45pm kick-off at Ferriby is £8 adults and £4 concessions and under 16s. The Blues welcome champions-elect FC Halifax Town to the Turnbull Ground on Saturday.

The Shaymen, who include ex-Blues boss Lee Nogan among their backroom staff, lead the Evo-Stik Premier by nine points.