Whitby Town visit the scene of one of their greatest triumphs in recent times, this Saturday (Feb 21).
The Seasiders dramatically won 1-0 at Buxton to confirm their safety on the final day of the 2011-12 season. However, it was the Bucks who triumphed by the same scoreline, last month and striker Robert Nolan, who notched his first goal for the Blues deep into injury time, smells revenge.
“The last game we played against them was at home when we got beat 1-0, [but] with Blyth beating them as well they’re on a bit of a bad run,” he told the Whitby Gazette.
“We could nick something – it’s a good opportunity to win, I think.”
Nolan’s 95th minute leveller sealed a 3-3 draw with bottom club Belper, but their fellow Derbyshire side, who lie sixth in the EvoStik Premier, are expected to provider tougher opposition, despite a run of just three wins in nine.
Nolan’s manager Darren Williams admitted the frontman was “knocking on the door” of a starting berth, though James Brown notched his maiden Town goal and a third striker, Steven Snaith, also notched as the marksmen hit the target, last weekend.
The Blues are looking for their first away league win since October’s 5-1 demolition of Rushall Olympic, some seven NPL Premier trips ago.
Midfielder Niall Doran will be back in contention following his tyre problem that caused him to arrive late for the Belper clash, while Williams will have his long-term calf injury assessed by physio Paul Scott.
Whitby drew 1-1 on their last visit to the Silverlands, back in August 2013, Dave McTiernan on target that day. Town have won twice before at senior football’s highest ground, which stands 1,000ft above sea level.
Kick-off at the Silverlands is 3pm.
Town are on their travels again, a week later, when strugglers Marine provide the opposition.
A supporters’ bus to Buxton leaves at 9am on Saturday.
There is a dominoes drive in the club house Friday night (Feb 20), 8pm.