Whitby Town chase win at giantkillers

Kevin Burgess clears the ball for Whitby in Saturday's defeat by Bradford Park Avenue'picture by Brian Murfield
Kevin Burgess clears the ball for Whitby in Saturday's defeat by Bradford Park Avenue'picture by Brian Murfield
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WHITBY Town hope to continue their Midlands tour with another victory on their first ever visit to FA Trophy giantkillers Chasetown on Saturday (19 Mar).

And the Blues go into the game with renewed confidence after pulling off a crucial 2-1 win at Hucknall Town on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Andy Leeson and Jimmy Beadle.

Charlie Blakemore’s side reached the quarter-finals of the senior non-League cup competition earlier this month, taking Blue Square Premier Mansfield to a replay, after wins over higher-ranked Grimsby Town, Workington, Kettering Town and Eastleigh.

Chasetown, who reached the quarter-final of the trophy, defeated Whitby 1-0 at the Turnbull Ground earlier this season thanks to Ramone Stephens’ late strike and they were successful by the same score against play-off rivals Northwich Victoria on Tuesday night.

Both teams could move up two places with victory, as the Blues target 14th and Chasetown eye up the eighth spot currently occupied by Victoria.

Whitby striker Andy Campbell is still at least a week away from a return following his groin strain, but goalkeeping namesake Dave Campbell will be back in contention after missing Wednesday’s win for personal reasons.

Speaking after the win at Hucknall that lifted the Seasiders three places above the relegation zone, Jimmy Beadle, whose 11th goal of the season proved the winner, said: “The lads have done brilliantly to be fair, Kev and Ibby were outstanding at the back and everyone on the park really.”

Manager Tommy Cassidy was delighted with a “nerve-racking victory”.

He told the Whitby Gazette: “It’s a crucial three points.

“It wasn’t about shape or tactics, it was about aggression, winning tackles and winning the game at all costs, which we did.”

Looking ahead to the trip to Chasetown, Cassidy was keen not to have to go to fellow strugglers Stocksbridge on the final day needing a result.

“Let’s try to get points on the board before then,” he said.

“We have three tough games next week - Chasetown, FC United and Matlock Town, but hopefully this win lifts the supporters, lifts the board, lifts me and lifts the players.

“We’ll go down to Chasetown and have a go.”

The former Newcastle United and Northern Ireland star was visibly downcast after last week’s 2-1 defeat to Matlock following a controversial penalty award, but said all true football lovers feel the highs and lows.

He added: “There’s no other sport in the world that has the emotion of football.

“Saturday I went home and didn’t talk to my wife, tonight we won the game, I rung her straight away and she’s over the moon.”

Kick-off on Saturday is 3pm with admission at The Scholars Ground priced at £8 for adults, concessions and under 16s £4, under 5s and Armed Forces free (on production of a valid warrant card).

The Blues host FC United of Manchester on Wednesday (23 Mar) night with a 7.45pm kick-off.

It’s £7.50 entry for adults, £4.50 for concessions and £2.00 for under 18s as usual at the Turnbull Ground. Supporters are advised to arrive earlier than usual.