Whitby’s quickfire return after six-goal thriller

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Whitby Town face a quickfire return clash with Manchester side Trafford on Saturday (Oct 11), barely a month after a pulsating six-goal thriller west of the Pennines.

Dave McTiernan’s 25-yard lob opened the scoring for Town, before a disputed Shelton Payne penalty and a Michael Oates strike put the hosts ahead.

Craig Farrell’s brace swung the match back in Town’s favour just before half-time, only for Oates to rescue a point for the Shawe View side in the second half.

Meanwhile, Blues player-boss Darren Williams has admitted the club are on a transfer hunt.

“We are working hard behind the scenes,” he revealed.

“We know where we need to strengthen and what we need to do.

“It’s hard at this stage of the season as players we’d like to come in are already tied up.”

One player who’s enjoying some good form at the moment is man of the match from Town’s 0-0 against Workington, last night, skipper Mark Robinson (33).

The former Hartlepool United star told the Whitby Gazette: “This league is similar to the Championship - you can win a game and get into the top five then lose and end up at the wrong end.

“It’ll be a tough game against Trafford.

“They’ll have a lot of the ball, they like to play but that should suit us and it’ll make for a good game.

“They’re lively going forward but we know they can be vulnerable.”

Town have just lost once to the Lancastrians in their history - it was a President’s Cup Final settled on penalties at the Turnbull Ground in May 2000, after the scores were tied 5-5 on aggregate.

With no Premier League or Championship action at the weekend due to international fixtures, it is hoped fans who normally follow the likes of Leeds United or Middlesbrough will watch the Seasiders instead as they battle for promotion.

Trafford won 4-3 at local rivals Ashton United in the Manchester Premier Cup on Tuesday, but have just two victories from their last seven league games, since their draw with Whitby.

However, they stuffed Nantwich 4-0, Witton Albion 5-0 and in Payne (10 goals) they have the division’s joint-leading scorer, with Oates not far behind with seven strikes of his own.

Admission at the Turnbull Ground is £9 adults, £5 concessions and £2 under 18s, with under 16s admitted free with a paying adult. Kick-off is 3pm.

There is a dominoes drive on Friday (Oct 10) night in the Whitby Town clubhouse from 8pm.