Whitby Town visit Cheshire side Nantwich Town on Saturday (Nov 23), sweating on the fitness of talismanic defender Kev Burgess.
The former Darlington centre-half had to be helped off the field on Saturday with a foot injury and player-manager Darren Williams paid tribute.
“You love to have Kev Burgess on the field”, he said. “He’s the type of lad other players should be looking up to. Commitment, desire, will to win- I can’t fault him.”
Striker Craig Farrell missed out at the weekend with a groin injury, but Williams is still confident he has enough in his squad to cover for current casualties.
“It’s a bridge that we’ve got to cross”, he said. “We’ve great options in the dressing room, it’s not a major issue. These things test the character of the squad.”
It’s a squad that he’s recently added to with 20-year-old left-sided defender or midfielder Benn Sullivan signing from Fishburn Park. “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be able to get him involved.”, Williams revealed. “We want to have a look at him and see what he’s got. We’ll get him training and take it game by game.”
Nantwich are having a below-par season so far, under new manager Danny Johnson, who joined from Ashton United in the summer. He’s taken a number of ex-Ashton players with him, including striker Aaron Burns. The Dabbers lie three places and four points below the Blues, but have shown signs of recovery of late with back-to-back league wins over Stocksbridge Park Steels and AFC Fylde,
Whitby have a dismal record at the Weaver Stadium with five defeats, despite a terrific away run this season, which sees just two clubs in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier having won more games on their travels.
A supporters coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 9am on Saturday, with places just £10 each. Admission is £9 for Adults, Concessions £6 and Under 16s £2. There is a dominoes drive at the Whitby Town Clubhouse, on Friday, from 8pm.