Whitby to take on leaders FC United

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Whitby Town will be sweating on the fitness of a number of players ahead of a home double this coming week.

This Saturday (Mar 28) sees seventh-placed Leicestershire outfit Barwell visit the Turnbull Ground.

Both last season’s clashes ended in draws with the Midlands side coming back from 2-0 down on their last visit to Upgang Lane in September 2013.

Following last season’s 1-1 draw at their Kirkby Road ground, Barwell forced their way to a 1-0 victory in November with Alex Tomkinson on target in the ninth minute.

Barwell have lost just twice in their last 11 games, with both those defeats coming at the hands of Cumbrian highflyers Workington.

For the Blues, James Brown, Lee Bullock and Dale Hopson all failed to feature in Saturday’s draw at Halesowen Town due to injury.

Player-manager Darren Williams may recall himself and/or hand a first home appearance since December 2012 to the returning Jamie Clarke.

An additional problem for next Wednesday’s (Apr 1) visit of table-toppers FC United of Manchester is the start of striker Steven Snaith’s two-game suspension.

United lead the NPL Premier by seven points from Ilkeston, Ashton and Workington, who are separated by goal difference, though the former have played a game more.

The Seasiders enjoyed a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Red Rebels, at the Turnbull Ground, last season, watched by a bumper 818 crowd.

Williams’ men completed a double over the Lancashire side, after winning 3-1 at their Gigg Lane home.

However, this time around, United beat the Blues 2-0, in October, at their new Bower Fold HQ, in Stalybridge.

FC are now groundsharing with fifth-placed Curzon Ashton, as they await the opening of their new Broadhurst Park ground in Moston.

Forwards Shelton Payne, a recent signing from Trafford, and Tom Greaves have 39 NPL Premier goals between them for the supporters-run team, so far this season. Karl Marginson’s champions-elect are 17 league games unbeaten since November’s defeat at Stourbridge.

Their only reverse of 2015 came at Conference Premier Torquay United in the FA Trophy.

Kick-off on Saturday is 3pm with Wednesday’s home game starting at 7.45pm.

Supporters are advised to turn up early particularly for the midweek clash.

There is a dominoes drive tonight (Fri) in the club house at 8pm.