At the second time of asking, it’s déjà vu all over again for the Dabbers, as we prepare to visit Whitby for the second time in three months, and a second trip to a small section of North Yorkshire in just over a week, this time for the FA Trophy Second Round. Read on for what to expect from this tie that the Dabbers certainly won’t want to be coming second in.

Whit’s the story, Trophy glory?

In the recent weeks leading up to this tie, Whitby’s form has stayed solid but unspectacular. There have been wins over Matlock and FC United , but a couple of eye-catching defeats to Stafford and Bamber Bridge have meant they are now 5th in the league and just about holding onto that final play-off place.

In the FA Trophy, they have beaten Shildon 1-0 and Mossley 5-0 to get to the Second Round.

Last Time Out

The disappointing 2-0 defeat to Whitby in late August will still be fresh in a lot of Dabbers supporters’ minds, that thumping opening goal from Jacob Hazel set the tone for a bad day and Caspar Hughes’ red card, coming as an indirect result of a weak refereeing performance, made things all the more difficult. Highlights from that game can be viewed below:

Players to Watch

While Hazel has continued his scoring form, up to 9 for the season in the league and a hat-trick in their Trophy win over Shildon, it was Josh MacDonald who tormented the Dabbers defence on that right wing in August. A look through Whitby’s last few line ups shows him not being in squads, potentially through injury, but he has gradually been playing again and Jamie Morgan will have to continue his great start if selected and playing against MacDonald.

Match Information

The game at the Towbar Express Stadium is not taking new ticket orders on their website, but they are honouring any previously bought tickets for Saturday’s postponed game.