Monks back as Gingerbreads visit

Paul Connolly brings you the latest team news ahead of Grantham Town's visit

Monkhouse returns for Gingerbreads’ visit

By Paul Connolly

Andy Monkhouse could be in line to return to Chris Hardy’s starting line-up after serving his one-match ban, as Grantham Town visit the Turnbull Ground.

Monkhouse sat out of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Nantwich Town, after picking up a red card in the draw at Stafford Rangers.

The midfielder’s return gives Hardy a selection headache, though the Blues’ manager admitted that it’s a good headache to have.

“We’re looking for selection headaches because we had a late pull out with James Fairley [on Saturday],” Hardy said.

“He had to pull out of the squad, which was disappointing. We need bodies in there. Able bodies; fit bodies so Monks’ return will only benefit us.”

Fairley will again sit out of tomorrow night’s clash thanks to the dead leg that saw him withdrawn in the recent 5-0 win over Halesowen Town.

Luke Bythway will also sit the visit of the Gingerbreads out with a knee injury, whilst captain Steven Snaith serves the second game of his suspension.

Hardy will also have to do without the services of Matthew Tymon. The striker, who netted the Blues’ equaliser against Nantwich, misses out due to work commitments.

Whitby go into the game on the back of a six-game unbeaten run, their last defeat coming on January 6 against Lancaster City, as they look to climb away from the only relegation place.

The fixture will be Grantham’s first outing since their 1-1 draw with Witton Albion on February 3, and they are still yet to lose in 2018, sitting third in the Evo-Stik Premier.

The Gingerbreads also have the joint-best away record in the division, notching up eight wins on the road so far this term.

The visitors will have to do without defender Tom Batchelor, who is ruled out through suspension, whilst Luke Shaw continues his recovery from a long-term injury.