This Saturday Whitby are set to host second-place Nantwich Town at the Turnbull ground, Whitby are coming into the game on the back of a 3-3 draw away at Stafford Rangers, gaining a valuable point on the road.
The Blues will need to maintain their fine form in front of goal if they are to compete with Saturday’s visitors, as Nantwich are coming into this game unbeaten in three matches, having scored nine goals in that time.
Earlier this season Whitby travelled to Nantwich to suffer a 4-1 defeat at the hand of the title challengers, Whitby’s only goal of the day coming through a Junior Mondal penalty, manager Chris Hardy knows that his opponents will be wanting a repeat performance of September this Saturday.
“They’ll be hoping to bring a performance similar to the last time we played. Obviously we are wanting to a bring a better performance than before” said Hardy.
Coming into this game having scored three away from home is a bonus for any team but with a defence that conceded three as well and the prospect of facing a team that has scored 10 in their last four could be a worry for any manager but Hardy is hoping that taking the positives from last Saturday and adding improvements could be what’s needed to be victorious this coming Saturday.
“Three goals and a point away from home are always good, the match was full of positive signs,” Hardy added.
“There are improvements that can be made on our performances.These improvements alongside the positive signs already there will hopefully bode well for us on the pitch.”
Coming into the game on the back of a great attacking performance Hardy admits realistically it’s Whitby’s attack style of play which will win them games, rather than grinding results out through defensive performances.
“It’d be ideal for us to grind out wins but form like that comes and goes throughout the season,” said Hardy.
“If we can get into a routine of winning games 1-0 we’d be happy to but realistically 4-2, 3-2 and 3-1 wins are more likely through our attack-minded play.
“We are looking to continue our scoring form and minimise how many we concede but at the end of the day goals win your games.”
In terms of team news, Chris Hardy will be without full-back, Daniel McWilliams and goalkeeper, Jack Norton, however centre-back, Alex White is set to return to the side.
Chris Hardy will also welcome returning midfielder, Leon Scott into his match day squad tomorrow. Scott is a versatile player who can also fill in at full-back.