The Seasiders have had a disastrous start to the season losing all of their opening six matches but the green shoots of revival appeared in midweek when they knocked Ossett Town out of the FA Cup.
Their league results may be misleading, however, as five of their defeats have been by a single goal and the remaining defeat involved conceding two stoppage time goals to rivals Blyth Spartans.
The league leading Mariners are in excellent form but must overcome the rigours of a long journey, a windy Turnbull Ground and a traditionally tough Yorkshire outfit who are desperate to make a point (or three).
Marine boss Kevin Lynch was impressed with the Marine supporters last weekend “if I could afford it I would pay for a supporters’ coach to every away game.” He puts his team’s current success “..down to endeavour and team spirit..” Lynch is hopeful that a few of his players notably Robbie Lawton (ankle ligament), Karl Noon and Nick Rogan will recover from last week’s bruising encounter.
The main threat from Whitby appears to be Nathan Mulligan who, despite the results, has already notched up five goals this season.
Can Marine extend their unbeaten run or will Whitby finally start their season?
Did you know that ….???
Many famous people have been inspired by Whitby and its surrounding area including Bram Stoker’s tale of Dracula; Lewis Carroll’s poem the Walrus and the Carpenter; Charles Dickens’ Dombey and Son; and Simply Red’s song “Holding Back the Years.”