Whitby boss blasts April foolishness

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Whitby Town player-manager Darren Williams is fuming after a frustrating February could lead to a fixture pile-up in April.

Williams is unimpressed that the Northern Premier League has decided to schedule seven games in 21 days during April.

“It’s just ridiculous,” he said.

“It doesn’t make sense when you have a free March.”

Both King’s Lynn and Buxton face midweek trips to the Turnbull from Norfolk and Derbyshire respectively on successive Wednesdays.

The Seasiders supremo also admits he’s struggling to cope with three sucessive Saturdays without a game for his club.

Meanwhile, tomorrow will be Town’s first trip to Skelmersdale in 45 years following a 3-1 Amateur Cup defeat. Roy Edwards grabbed Town’s goal but the West Lancashire side were too strong for the then-Northern League Blues, in front of 2,895 people.

More recently, Tommy Lawson’s men came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at the Turnbull Ground, last month. Steven Snaith struck early in the first half and Graeme Armstrong early in the second for Town, before Tom Ince and Dean Asbury levelled with two piledrivers.

“We were undone by two fantastic strikes.” Williams admitted. “But we were the better team on the day.”

Skelmersdale, promoted from the Northern Premier League First Division North last season, are the only side in the league with an unbeaten home record, this term.

“It’s a fantastic record for them.” said Williams.

“But records are there to be broken. It’s about continuing our great run.”

The eighth-placed Seasiders are currently eleven games unbeaten and just five points off fourth place.

Despite being out of action for nearly a month, Town are still in contention after several scorelines went their way.

“A lot of teams have made games up but made no ground on us,” said Williams.

“FC United have got a canny backlog of games, but all we do is concentrate on our results.

“We’ll go with the strongest and fittest eleven we can put out each week.

“There will be changes as we’ve a busy April and will have to rotate players.

“There’ll be tired legs, tired minds and we haven’t the biggest squad. I feel this month off can only benefit us though.”

Williams will be without centre-half Kev Burgess, who completes his suspension on Saturday, otherwise he has a full squad to choose from – a squad that he can’t speak highly enough of.

“The lads are fantastic.

“Training has been good quality, at a good tempo and they work out in their own time, at the gym.

“I couldn’t have picked a better bunch of lads.

“I’ve already had a couple of texts today about going for a jog – they’re an absolute credit. The attitudes are fantastic.”

Kick-off at the West Lancashire College Stadium tomorrow is 3pm.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull at 9am.

Book your place by calling Graham on 07966 241344, seats are £10.