22/23 Match Preview: Whitby Town

After successive away wins Danny Ellis’ Lions side return to Nethermoor on Tuesday night to host Whitby Town in a 7:45pm kick-off.

Match sponsored by: GD Woodworking

Tickets can be purchased online in advance here, tickets will also be on sale on the night at the turnstiles with payment by cash only, it is also cash payments only inside the ground for programmes and 50/50 cash draw tickets. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

After an opening day defeat The Lions have reacted to take six points out of six away from home with a comeback win at Morpeth on Tuesday night before late drama at Nantwich on Saturday.

Previous Meetings

It will be our first clash with Whitby since a 7-0 win in the FA Trophy in November 2012 when James Walshaw, Kevin Holsgrove, Andy Holdsworth, Josh Wilson and Nicky Boshell were all on the scoresheet on a wet Nethermoor afternoon.

In terms of league meetings Whitby haven’t made the trip to LS20 since February 2010 when James Cotterill, Adam Muller and Malvin Kamara found the net in a 3-1 win.

The Lions’ Form Book

The Lions go into the game with two wins and a defeat in the first three games of the campaign.

Kyle Trenerry kept his first clean sheet of the campaign on Saturday in Cheshire at Nantwich’s Swansway Stadium.

All four goals so far have come from different players with Adam Haw, Charlie Wood, Jake Cassidy and Lewis Hey all off the mark for the campaign.

A Look At Whitby Town

Whitby have had a miserable start to the season with defeats in all three of their games so far.

Matlock Town, Liversedge and FC United of Manchester have all recorded wins against The Seasiders but they have only struck one less goal than The Lions.

Managed by Lee Bullock and Nathan Haslam Town include academy graduate Luke Hogg in their squad with the midfielder moving to the Yorkshire coast based side this summer after a stint at Ossett United.

A Look At The Lions

In the two games away from Nethermoor Jameel Ible, George Smith and Donald Chimalilo have all made their debuts and could be in line to feature on Tuesday night.

Ible could face his former club after missing the opening day through suspension, the defender spent two seasons with Whitby before returning to LS20.

Captain George Smith and Donald Chimalilo both recovered from injury with Smith playing the last two games and Chimalilo coming on as a substitute in the second half on Saturday.

Ellis should have no new injury concerns going into Tuesday night’s game.

What Are They Saying?

Speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 win at Nantwich Danny Ellis said “It was a great win, to come here and get three points is massive for us as a group like it was on Tuesday. I felt in the first half we were very good and deserved to be in front, we had some great chances without the final little bit, that final pass or shot on goal. The second half we came out and didn’t start well but I felt overall we deserved the three points.”

“We must have had about three people clear it off of the line, it was like a goalmouth scramble you have never seen before but it didn’t go in. We had to make some changes, managing Jake Cassidy, getting some minutes for Donald and bringing Lewis Hey on. He took his goal superbly and changed the game as he did on Tuesday.”

“I asked him, he said it was a shot but you take anything to come away and be as comfortable as we were, Kyle didn’t have one save to make which is good from a defensive point of view. We controlled the ball in the middle of the pitch, I thought Luke Dean did everything in terms of out of possession, getting the ball back and winning fouls, he is knackered! He has played a lot of football and you could see how much it meant to the lads, scoring so late on is such a great feeling.”

“Without a doubt, if someone said to me you could have six points out of the first three games I would have snapped their hand straight off. We are going in the right direction and have players coming back from injury and suspension so we have a lot of options and a lot of work to do ahead of Whitby on Tuesday night.”

“You have to pick yourselves up when you get beat like we did against Marine, it still hurts me now thinking about it. The lads response though has been immaculate from every player, they have done their jobs and stuck to their guns, from the last two performance to get six points from two tough places is a credit to the group.”

“I am looking forward to Tuesday night, Whitby are a tough team. I know a few lads at Whitby and it is going to be a very tough game but it is at our place and I expect us to put in a good performance.”

“It is similar to what I expected, all the teams are big, strong, physical and they all contend for set pieces. We are getting there but I would like us to play a bit more football at times, we are going direct a bit too much and asking a lot from the front players but overall it is what I expected.”

“I am always wanting to strengthen the squad, the lads know that but at the minute they are doing everything I ask of them and you can’t ask for any more.”

Tickets for the game with Whitby Town can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day with cash payment only or online in advance here. Don’t forget to pick up a matchday programme for just £3, it is packed full with exclusive content with what you will find inside here.

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