By Andrew Snaith
Whitby face a tough trip to Mickleover Sports, followed by the visit of promotion rivals, Spennymoor, to the Turnbull Ground, on Tuesday.
Mickleover was the scene for Darren Williams’ last game as Whitby Town manager, in November 2015, as the Derbyshire secured a 1-0 victory. Ironically, the return at the Turnbull Ground, against Sports, took place just seven days later and saw caretaker boss Lee Bullock lead the Seasiders to a 4-1 revenge win.
Back in September, the sides drew 1-1, at the Turnbull, when Whitby dominated but saw Matty Tymon’s goal cancelled out by a disputed penalty.
Tuesday gives Whitby an opportunity to secure a league double over County Durham rivals, Spennymoor Town. Jason Ainsley’s men knocked the Blues out of the FA Cup 1-0, only to succumb by the same scoreline, in the league, three days later, again at their Brewery Field home, thanks to Dale Hopson’s late winner.
The Moors arrive fresh from a 2-1 win over runaway leaders Blyth Spartans, in fron of nearly 1,000 people, which saw them jump into fourth spot. Whitby are currently eighth, a point outside the play-off positions in a heavily-contested Evo-Stik NPL Premier.
Tuesday is the first competitive meeting, at the Turnbull Ground, with the Spennymoor Town club, formed out of the ashes of Spennymoor United and Evenwood Town, in summer 2005.
A supporters’ coach will leave the Turnbull Ground for Mickleover, on Saturday, at 9am. Spaces are just £10 per person but are limited. If you would like to book a place, call chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241 344.
Admission at the Turnbull Ground on Tuesday night is £10 for Adults (accompanying under 17s admitted free), senior citizens £6 and Under 18s £3. Kick-off is 7.45pm.