Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Patton returns for visit of Gainsborough

Influential midfielder, Callum Patton is set for a return to the Whitby Town side having missed last Saturday’s defeat to Matlock Town whilst unavailable.

Patton, who re-joined the Blues recently had a dream second debut, scoring in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Stafford Rangers away from home.

Some potentially disappointing news for Chris Hardy is the injury to captain, Dale Hopson’s hip. It is touch and go to currently assess whether the midfielder will be fit for tomorrow’s clash.

“Both players are influential for us,” said Hardy.

“As captain, and being such a key player, Dale is a must-starter if fit and available. The same goes for Callum, who we know has the power to change games.

“When they’re not fit or available, we miss them.”

Hardy may also feel the need for his strongest possible eleven for the match against a promotion chasing side who hammered the Blues earlier on in the campaign.

“I think that they are the best opposition we have played for quite a while,” Hardy said.

“We know that we have good qualities and we simply must be at our ultimate best if we are going to get anything from the match, something which wasn’t evident last weekend.”

The Seasiders’ manager is fully aware that his team will not be able to make mistakes, particularly in defence against a strong Gainsborough side.

This was an issue which ultimately cost his side greatly in the 3-1 defeat against Matlock where “all three goals were avoidable after defensive errors.”

The Blues remain without left-back, Daniel McWilliams, while striker, Ashley Coffey is set for a return to the matchday squad tomorrow afternoon.

Admission at the Turnbull Ground is as follows: Adults £10, Concessions £6, U18s £3, and U16s FREE (with a paying adult).

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