After Tuesday’s huge win over Witton, the Dabbers look to keep riding that wave as we meet Whitby at the Optimum Pay Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Whits Be ‘Avin You
Whitby have been in and around the play-offs for most of the season, but find themselves just outside them at the moment, sitting 6th in the PitchingIn Northern Premier League. They’re 3 points behind Warrington and 7 behind Yorkshire rivals Scarborough, who have played 2 games more.
Their form over the last 6 games has been identical to the Dabbers, with 9 points taken. Whitby beat Bamber Bridge 2-0 last weekend, their first league win in a month, however they have had a particularly tough run of fixtures in that time, with the 5 games before 8th place Bamber being against FC United, Warrington, Stafford, Scarborough and Matlock, all teams in the current top 10.
Last Time Out
It’s our third meeting this season, the last being in November in the FA Trophy. A game hastily rearranged due to storm damage to Whitby’s stadium, it was won by a now familiar cool finish from Dan Cockerline, and was the last clean sheet we had kept until Tuesday’s win over Witton. Highlights of that FA Trophy tie can be viewed below.
Players to Watch
Jacob Hazel, who tormented the Dabbers in the league in August, is still top scorer in the division with 18. The whole front line have been in the goals recently though, Bradley Fewster and Harry Green both carrying threats in forward positions.
Tickets are available online here, or on the gate. The Cat will interview Dave Cooke about the team news at roughly 2.35, and a minute’s silence will be held before kick-off for Kevin Hammersley, a loyal and loved Dabber who passed away recently, so please be in your places for that.