Whitby gaffer wants strong start to season

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Whitby Town’s new EvoStik League season will kick off at home to Stourbridge on Saturday August 15.

This will be followed three days later with a trip to old foes Blyth Spartans as the Blues aim to hit the ground running.

Whitby will go to promoted Darlington 1884 on Boxing Day with the return at the Turnbull bound to be a crowd-puller, on Easter Monday.

The start of the new league season always brings fresh excitement and Blues boss Darren Williams is keen for his troops to start well.

“It’s important we get off to a good start but not necessarily the be all and end all,” he told the Whitby Gazette.

“Last season, FC United of Manchester started poorly and ended up winning the league.

“The thing is not to get too downhearted if we start badly as the games come thick and fast. We do stress that we want a good start as it fares us well.

“If we don’t, we need to work on it and get to where we want to be.”

The Blues began their pre-season games last night and new striker Mikey Roberts was on target as they held League Two Hartlepool to an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Williams said: “The first few games, we’ll be finding our feet and will have a look at everyone as best we can.

“It’s not results-orientated to start with – we get to look at different people and see who fits well with each other.

“It’s our revision for the start of the league season. It’s always a good game against Hartlepool.”

The Micky Skinner Trophy game at Guisborough follows on Wednesday next week, then the visit of FC United of Manchester, who won Whitby’s league last season, on Saturday July 25.

Williams was keen to invite FC United over as he knows the match could attract a good gate and make Whitby some much-needed revenue.

“A nice day will bring people out in numbers, even more so now they’ve been promoted and they’ll be looking to get their campaign under way and bring attractive players in.”

League fixtures


Sat 15 Stourbridge H 3pm

Tues 18 Blyth Spartans A 7.45pm

Sat 22 Matlock Town A 3pm

Wed 26 Ramsbottom United H 7.45pm

Sat 29 Stamford H 3pm

Mon 31 Frickley Athletic A 3pm


Sat 5 Nantwich Town H 3pm

Tues 9 Ashton United A 7.45pm

Sat 19 Sutton Coldfield Town A 3pm

Wed 23 Salford City H 7.45pm

Wed 30 Ilkeston H 7.45pm


Sat 3 Halesowen Town A 3pm

Tues 6 Workington A 7.45pm

Sat 10 Grantham Town H 3pm

Wed 14 Hyde H 7.45pm

Sat 17 Rushall Olympic A 3pm

Tues 20 Ramsbottom United A 7.45pm

Sat 24 Matlock Town H 3pm

Wed 28 Blyth Spartans H 7.45pm

Sat 31 Workington A 3pm - FA Trophy


Sat 7 Stourbridge A 3pm

Tues 10 Scarborough Athletic A 7.45pm Doodson Sports Cup

Sat 21 Marine A 3pm

Sat 28 Buxton H 3pm


Sat 5 Skelmersdale United A 3pm

Sat 12 Mickleover Sports H 3pm

Sat 19 Sutton Coldfield Town H 3pm

Sat 26 Darlington 1883 A 3pm

Mon 28 Frickley Athletic H 3pm

January 2016

Sat 2 Salford City A 3pm

Sat 9 Colwyn Bay A 3pm

Sat 16 Barwell H 3pm

Sat 23 Stamford A 3pm

Wed 27 Ashton United H 7.45pm

Sat 30 Halesowen Town H 3pm


Sat 6 Ilkeston A 3pm

Sat 13 Workington H 3pm

Sat 20 Grantham Town A 3pm

Mon 22 Hyde A 7.45pm

Sat 27 Rushall Olympic H 3pm


Sat 5 Barwell A 3pm

Sat 12 Colwyn Bay H 3pm

Sat 26 Nantwich Town A 3pm

Mon 28 Darlington 1883 H 3pm


Sat 2 Buxton A 3pm

Sat 9 Marine H 3pm

Sat 16 Mickleover Sports A 3pm

Sat 23 Skelmersdale United H 3pm