Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Rowe suspended for Bamber Bridge trip

Defender, Daniel Rowe will be unavailable for selection at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium after he picked up his tenth yellow card of the season last Saturday.

Despite only being with the Blues for just over a month, the centre-back received a fair number of bookings at his former club, Frickley Athletic.

Some positive news in defence however, is the return of February’s Bowland Brewery Player of the Month, Alex White who had to miss last week’s 4-1 victory over Basford United due to injury.

Elsewhere, midfielder Callum Patton has fully recovered from his back injury giving Chris Hardy another option in the centre of the park.

Striker, Ashley Coffey is expected to be sidelined for the next few weeks as he recovers from the injury that forced him off after just 15 minutes last weekend.

Earlier in the season, the Seasiders came away with a 2-1 victory against Bamber Bridge as a late Dale Hopson penalty secured all three points at the Turnbull Ground.

And despite Bridge’s poor recent run of form, Chris Hardy is expecting a huge challenge in Lancashire against a side who caused problems in the reverse fixture.

“It’s a strange situation at Bamber Bridge,” said Hardy.

“When we played them at the Turnbull, they were a very good side, and possibly as good as I’ve seen us come up against this season.

“I don’t know if the change of management has affected them but their recent performances certainly haven’t been up to scratch and reaching the levels from October.”

Another reason for concern going into this fixture is the inconsistency of Whitby Town, who are unbeaten at home in 2019, but have failed to pick up three points in any of their away fixtures this calendar year.

In what has been the story of the season for the Blues, Hardy is pleased that his side have been able to be strong at the Turnbull Ground, but is concerned by the away form.

“We’ve been consistent at home this year,” Hardy said.

“But we’re not consistent away which is a concern and something I hope can be rectified, starting at Bamber Bridge but we can’t let confidence get the better of us.

“We were impressive in attack last Saturday, with Matty (Tymon) and Brad (Fewster) impressing up front so we can be confident but we need to be careful.”

Admission at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium is as follows: Adults £9, Concessions £6, Children 11-16 £1 when accompanied by an adult, and U11’s FREE when accompanied by an adult.

The supporters’ bus leaves the Turnbull Ground at 9:15am. If you are unable to make the trip, join us on Yorkshire Coast Radio Extra from 3pm, and follow updates on Twitter.

PLEASE NOTE: A pitch inspection will be carried out at 8:30am. Keep an eye on social media for an update as to whether, or not, the match will go ahead.