Whitby Town set sights on derby double over Scarborough Athletic
Whitby Town make the short trip across the A171 on Saturday as they will look to complete a league double over nearest rivals Scarborough Athletic.
Blues boss Chris Hardy has said that his side must be better at the Flamingo Land Stadium following a poor showing in Tuesday’s 2-1 Integro League Cup loss against Pickering Town at Mill Lane.
He hopes that his team will be up for it given the the rivalry between the two sides.
Hardy said: “There’s no getting away from the fact that our performance needs to be improved.
“We’ve spoken about it and they know that we need to be much better.
“They’ll get a reaction with the new manager bounce but we’ve got to prepare correctly and pick ourselves up from Tuesday night.
“If we can get people performing I’m sure there will be a result there for us.”
Town’s opponents have had a busy week, with former Oldham Athletic and Hyde United boss Darren Kelly being appointed as their new manager on Monday afternoon following the departure of John Deacey on Sunday evening.
Kelly was in the stands for Athletic’s 7-0 home win against Staithes in the NRCFA Senior Cup on Tuesday evening.
There is a good chance that the appointment of Kelly could have some bearing on the performance of the home side.
Chris Hardy’s side defeated the Seadogs 2-0 at the Towbar Express Stadium at the Turnbull Ground back in September to claim the bragging rights, however it wasn’t all plain sailing.
Scarborough gave a good account of themselves in the first half with Shane Bland being called into action on a few occasions, however the Blues got off to the perfect start in the second half as Kieran Weledji poked the ball over the line at the back post following a corner.
Bradley Fewster then ensured that the Seasiders would take the three points as he managed to finish at the second time of asking following an initial save from Thomas Taylor.
Fewster will not feature this time around as he will be recovering from an injury picked up in late September, with a difficult pitch at 1874 Northwich not doing the striker any good.
Dale Hopson will also miss out with a knee injury. He, like Fewster looks set to be out of action until the new year.
It will be too soon for Callum Patton, however the Blues management hope to have the midfielder back in action soon after a long lay-off with a back injury.
Jassem Sukar may have some part to play after featuring on the bench at Pickering in midweek.
The defender, who came close to scoring in the earlier meeting, has been out since the FA Trophy game at Peterborough Sports.
It is likely that the Seasiders will miss Greg Rutherford for the derby game though.
The striker started against the Pikes but unfortunately came off injured during the match. It remains to be seen how long he will be out for.
Kick-off at the Flamingo Land Stadium is at 3pm on Saturday.