Whitby Town Football Club

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White out for Whitby at Workington

Whitby Town will be without centre-back, Alex White for tonight’s match at Borough Park against a Workington side who have had a disappointing start to the season.

September’s player of the month was expected to start against Marine at the weekend, however a late injury picked up meant that he was he unable to play a part on Non-League Day.

For White himself, this spell on the sidelines will be frustrating, especially after being unavailable for several matches in the early weeks of the Evo-Stik Premier season. Chris Hardy explained the injury after Saturday’s match.

“Alex seems to have a hamstring issue. We’re currently unsure of the full extent of that. We’d hope for something like 10-14 days to allow recovery, which is a bit of a blow”

The Seasiders also find themselves without strikers, Ashley Coffey and Gregg Rutherford who both continue their recoveries from injury.

When speaking about Rutherford’s injury, the Blues manager has hopes that the summer signing will be back in the running for a place in the squad in the near future.

“We’re hopeful that Gregg will be able to train on Thursday. Without a reaction to the injury, he will be in the squad on Saturday but if there is a reaction, then we’re back to the drawing board.

“We’ve got to be careful that we don’t bring him back too early as we don’t want to make things worse. He’s got a big role to play in the coming weeks and months.”

Midfielder, David McTiernan will be unavailable this evening. ‘Macca’ returned to the match day squad at Rossett Park on Saturday following a spell on the sidelines with injury.

Also unavailable is goalkeeper, Jack Norton who has commitments elsewhere this evening. Both Norton and Adam McHugh were ruled out recently with injuries, however both are fit again.

Hardy is expecting a tough game this season, especially when taking into account the long trip that his squad are faced with up to Cumbria.

“It’s a tough one, especially in midweek. Being on the bus for three hours, or so, makes it tough. This is what we’ve signed up for and we expect this fixture whether it be on Saturday or a Tuesday. We’ll prepare properly and try to get a good result.”

And despite Workington’s slow start to the campaign, the Reds find themselves unbeaten at home so far with two wins a two draws to this point.