By Liam Ryder
Whitby Town’s squad is beginning to show how long this season has been for them with a number of injuries ruling names out until the end of the season.
Chris Hardy does have some good news however, with Callum Patton returning to the fold ahead of the visit of Matlock Town to the Turnbull Ground.
Patton was sent off in the away victory against Coalville Town and is expected to take his place back in the Blues squad tomorrow afternoon, especially after Thursday night’s battling performance in the 2-2 draw with Warrington Town, also at the Turnbull.
In terms of suspensions, Steven Snaith will serve the final match of his ban before returning to the match day squad on Thursday night against Grantham Town.
Matty Tymon, who was harshly dismissed in the last game, will be available for this one before sitting out the tie against the high-flying Gingerbreads next week.
Blues fans can expect to see an unchanged back-four with Callum Martin, Dan McWilliams, Kev Burgess and Jamie Poole remaining in defence after a strong performance against a very attacking Yellows side. Fellow defender, Andrew May, remains sidelined with his hamstring injury and also Luke Bythway, whose season is confirmed as over.
Kieran Weledji is also ruled out of this one after he picked up an injury after some brilliant performances in midfield over recent weeks. Patton may fit into his position this afternoon. Jassem Sukar also showed his capabilities however, putting in a strong performance for the Seasiders on his home debut.
The Gladiators sit just above the Blues in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League table with the Seasiders prevailing 2-1 earlier in the season at the Autoworld Arena.
Supporters are encouraged to come along to the Turnbull Ground this afternoon after a brilliant performance against Warrington on Thursday night. Kick off is at 3pm. If you are unable to attend, there will also be LIVE coverage on Whitby Town Radio with Andrew Snaith, Paul Connolly and Liam Ryder. Updates are also available on our social media pages.