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Sutton Coldfield Town (H) preview

Paul Connolly looks ahead to Saturday's clash with Sutton Coldfield Town

Blues prepare for Royals’ visit

LAST TIME OUT

Whitby Town will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat at home to Shaw Lane when Sutton Coldfield Town visit the Turnbull Ground.

The Blues battled hard with ten men against the South Yorkshire outfit, following Adam Gell’s 75 second red card for striking Alex Burn.

It wasn’t enough, however, as Paul Clayton added to Nicky Walker’s brace to complete a flattering win for Shaw Lane.

Sutton Coldfield’s defence has been haunting them coming into the game, the side having shipped 25 goals already this season, responding with ten at the other end.

The Royals’ midweek meeting saw a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Rushall Olympic, at Dales Lane.

Joe Hull opened the scoring for Olympic, with Stanley Mugisha, Aj Adelekan, Andre Landell and Kartel O’Neill-Martin adding to it, whilst Zak Martin responded for the visitors just after half-time.

TEAM NEWS

Chris Hardy will be without James Risbrough (foot) and Connor Dunlavey (groin), as they both continue their recoveries from injury.

Although Gell’s suspension will not kick in until the Lancaster City match, Chris Hardy may opt to re-introduce David Carson to the starting line-up in preparation for the midweek trip to Giant Axe.

THE LAST MEETING

Whitby Town kept up the pressure on league leaders Buxton, running out 2-0 winners over Sutton Coldfield Town, despite Steven Snaith’s second-half red card.

The Blues opened the scoring after just six minutes, Dale Hopson capitalising on a break down in communication between Francino Francis and goalkeeper James Wren.

Hopson nipped in to take the ball between the two Royals men, before finishing with ease into the empty net.

The midfielder added to his and Whitby’s tally just nine minutes later, turning his man and placing his effort between Wren and James Beresford for 2-0.

Whitby held out for all three points despite Steven Snaith’s sending off, the Blues captain seeing red for a slide tackle on Lee Smith.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Played: 4

Whitby Town: 1

Sutton Coldfield Town: 2

Draw: 1