Whitby Town Football Club is pleased to announce that goalkeeper, Adam McHugh has registered with the club ahead of tonight’s North Riding Senior Cup tie with Grangetown Boys Club.
McHugh spent two months on loan with the club from Bishop Auckland, however circumstances at his parent club meant that the gloveman was forced out of the the County Durham side.
The goalkeeper made twelve appearances for the club during his loan spell and will look to add more appearances over the coming weeks, particularly with the on-going injury problems for Jack Norton.
Norton played in Saturday’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Gainsborough Trinity at the Northolme with Chris Hardy aware that he had a goalkeeping issue with Lee Bullock and Josh Nearney being forced into taking goal kicks.
In defence, Hardy will be without the injured Kieran Weledji who is still recovering from his lay-off, however he is expected to be back with the squad in the near future.
Fellow defender, Daniel McWilliams is also ruled out of this cup tie, again due to injury. Like Weledji, Chris Hardy hopes that he will have his left-back returning to the match day squad soon.
Centre-back Alex White is unavailable tonight, as is striker, Matthew Tymon who has work commitments to deal with. Tymon got the Blues off to what looked to be the perfect start on Saturday, scoring after just a minute.
In terms of attacking options, the Seasiders’ boss is delighted to finally welcome Ashley Coffey to his match day line-up. Coffey joined the club from Marske United in the summer, but injury has meant that the young forward has been unable to feature for his new club.
Despite Grangetown Boys Club being further down the League pyramid, Chris Hardy is aware that his side can expect a tough game from a team who have nothing to lose.
“It will be a cup final for them,” said Hardy.
“We don’t want a repeat of last season (going out to Redcar Athletic). We received a lot of criticism for that result and we don’t want that to be the case this year.
“After the disappointment of Saturday’s result, we need a positive result tonight. I am looking to field a strong side and I need to ensure that I use to good management to make sure that we progress.”
Admission at the Turnbull Ground this evening is half-price for all supporters so £5 Adults, £3 Concessions/U18 Club Members and FREE entry for U18s with a paying adult.