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Seasiders aim to make seven unbeaten ahead of Stafford visit

By Paul Connolly

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy is looking to extend his side’s unbeaten run in March to seven, when Stafford Rangers visit the Turnbull Ground.

Whitby, who moved to within touching distance of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League play-off places with a 2-0 win at Nantwich Town, will be tested, with the game being their third in just six days.

Despite the busy schedule, Hardy is looking to name a similar side to weekend’s win.

“Taking into account any injuries or knocks, we’ll assess the lads over 24 hours and look to name a similar side,” the Blues’ boss told the club’s official Facebook page.

“Steven Snaith returned to the side; he looked fresh and at it. Perhaps his rest has done him good.

“We’ve got to recover now as we look to prepare for Tuesday’s fixture.

Whitby have defied all odds this season, by spending the bulk of their campaign in the top five of the division, as well as reaching the final of the North Riding Senior Challenge Cup, against Pickering Town, after beating Middlesbrough.

The Blues boss, however, is wary of Stafford’s danger, having played them earlier in the month and believes that league positions are irrelevant.

“With them coming to us, on a midweek, it should be an advantage to ourselves,” Hardy added.

“We’re expecting a tough game. We’ve won again against Nantwich, but Stafford are a decent side.

“I don’t think that their league position tells a full tale of how decent a side they are so again, we’re expecting a tough test.”

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