By Andrew Snaith
Fourth-placed Whitby Town welcome sixth-placed FA Cup Third Round stars Stourbridge to the Turnbull Ground, this Saturday.
The West Midlands outfit lost to a last-gasp Wycombe Wanderers winner, back in January, after dispensing with League One Northampton, one round earlier, as part of a six-match winning streak in the competition. Wanderers in turn went on to lose to a late winner at quarter-finalists Tottenham.
Their success in the world’s oldest cup competition has led to a backlog of league fixtures. Stour still looked set to bridge the gap with the rest of the division, after four successive victories, following the Wycombe tie, but have struggled of late. Gary Hackett’s men have lost five of their last seven matches, including three defeats in a row, the most recent being at home to Cheshire side Warrington Town.
Stourbridge are a point behind the Blues with a game in hand and enjoyed a 2-1 win over the Seasiders, at their War Memorial Ground, in October, which ended Town’s unbeaten eight-match Evo-Stik League run. Adam Gell notched a late lobbed consolation in the defeat.
Blues boss Chris Hardy will have striker Mikey Roberts available for selection again, after a month-long loan at Northern League Guisborough Town.
With just seven points separating second from 13th in the NPL Premier Division, Town could find themselves anywhere from second to eighth depending on other results across the league.
Kick-off is 3.00pm with admission again just £10 for Adults, £6 Concessions, £3 Under 18s and Under 16s are admitted free when accompanied by a full-price paying adult.