Whitby Town mileage ‘ridiculous’ blasts boss

King's Lynn Town FC v Whitby FC
King's Lynn Town FC v Whitby FC

Whitby Town make the 320-mile round trip to Stamford this Saturday (Nov 2) – their third successive away journey, which will see them clocking up 850 miles in seven days.

“It’s just ridiculous”, said player-boss Darren Williams.

“I’m not making excuses, but there’s got to be a cut-off point. Is this a Northern League?”

The Blues have injury concerns over big centre half Richard Pell (hamstring), midfielder Tom Portas (hamstring and knee), plus forward duo Graeme Armstrong (knee) and Craig Farrell (groin).

“We don’t keep a big squad, we’re hoping to have everyone back for the weekend, but people heal at different times so it’s something that needs to be assessed,” said Williams.

Stamford are just one place above the Northern Premier League’s bottom four drop-zone and have lost by three goals in all three past meetings with Whitby.

It’s been nearly six years since Town’s 3-0 win at the Daniels’ Kettering Road ground, with Danny Brunskill netting twice and Matty Appleby also on target, this followed 6-3 and 4-1 victories, since 1999.

“We fancy our chances, if we apply ourselves,” Williams added, with a note of caution.

“They’re not having the best of runs, but nobody hands you anything.”

The Daniels are named after local man Daniel Lambert, who at the time of his death in 1809, was recognised as the heaviest man in history, weighing 52 stone, 11 pounds.

Stamford reached the final qualifying round of the FA Cup, before conceding twin penalties in a 2-0 home defeat, last weekend, against Conference North Hednesford Town.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 8.45am, with seats still just £10 each. Admission at Kettering Road is £9 adults, £6 concessions, £3 under 15s and under 11s get in free.

The Blues finally return to home action on Wednesday when they host Manchester side Trafford.

It could be a first double of the season for Williams’ men, after a 3-0 win there, in September.

In the wake of Farrell and Armstrong’s injuries, Williams has called on Steven Snaith and Nathan Mulligan to seize the opportunity for a regular striker’s spot.

“They need to take it by the scruff of the neck and give me a selection headache,” he said.

It’s £9 adults, £5 concessions, £2 under 18s and under 16s get in free at the Turnbull Ground, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

There is a quiz night at the club house on November 5, starting at 8pm.