Match Preview - Whitby Town v Stourbridge

Match Preview - Whitby Town v Stourbridge

By Nigel Gregg
17 October
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Stourbridge head to the north-east coast to face Whitby Town on Saturday with a place in the 1st Round of the FA Cup up for grabs!


Saturday, 19th October 2019
Emirates FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
WHITBY TOWN v STOURBRIDGE

Ground address: The Turnbull Ground, Upgang Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3HZ

On the approach to Whitby on the A171 at the roundabout for the Whitby Park & Ride and adjacent to the Victoria Farm Garden Centre, take the B1460 (signposted for Whitby/Sandsend/Saltburn). Follow this road round past the Sneaton Castle
Centre on your right until you come to a Spar shop / filling station on your
left and a Lidl supermarket on your right hand side. Take the next left
where the small war memorial is opposite Lidl into Love Lane, (signposted
Sandsend). Follow this road past the White Leys Recreation Ground on your
right up to the A174 mini roundabout. Turn right here into White Bridge Road
and follow this road for about 3/4 mile and the ground is on your left after
the shops and Fairways Court apartments.

Admission - Adults £10, concessions £6, juniors aged under 18 years of age £3 and children aged under 16 admitted free with a paying adult.

Stourbridge will wear red & white striped shirts, white shorts and socks at Whitby.

A reminder that the supporters coaches will depart from Old Wharf Road, by Johnson's Cleaners, on Saturday morning at 8.30 am so set those alarm clocks on Friday night ready for the early start!

If you haven't been before, the ground is just a few minutes walk from the seafront where you can enjoy the views out into the North Sea.

Other matchday info - https://whitby-town.com/match-day-information

For those of you arriving early in Whitby or making a weekend of it, check out a list of the best things to see and do in Whitby - https://www.timeout.com/whitby/things-to-do/best-things-to-do-in-whitby

PREVIEW

With recent signings Levi Rowley and Josh Ezewele cup-tied, the Stourbridge squad is likely to comprise of most, if not all, the players involved in the last round win over Stafford Rangers with Will Grocott the only injury doubt.

The Glassboys meet step 3 opposition for the fourth time in this season's competition, having already seen off Bromsgrove Sporting and Coalville Town from the Premier Division Central away from home before squeezing past Satafford Rangers at home earlier this month.

Stourbridge have just missed out on the 1st Round Proper in the last two seasons after enjoying that remarkable run in 2016/17 to the 3rd Round Proper. The Glassboys were defeated by Macclesfield Town 5 - 0 two seasons ago with the visitors going on to win the National League that season. Last season Stourbridge couldn't follow up on wins over Kidderminster Harriers and Leamington at Guiseley in the final qualifying round. The West Yorkshire side prevailed 3 - 1 and then knocked out Cambridge United in the next round!

Whitby Town are bidding to reach the Proper stages of the FA Cup for the first time since the 2003/04 season when they were beaten by Hartlepool United.

They might feel that this is indeed their year after a tremendous 3 - 1 replay win at National League North outfit Gloucester City in the last round. They bounced back from conceding a stoppage time equaliser in the first game to travel down to Evesham 48 hours later for the replay and pulled off one of the results of the round.

Prior to that Chris Hardy's side had won on the road at Widnes (4 - 0) and 1874 Northwich (1-0) in the earlier qualifying rounds.

Stourbridge have visited Whitby four times before during a spell in the NPL Premier Division between 2014 and 2018 and it currently stands at two wins apiece. The Glassboys have won 3 - 1 on their last two visits to the Turnbull Ground and will be looking to extend that sequence on Saturday!

Radio coverage will be provided by Adam Parkes on Black Country Radio 102.5 FM - see http://www.blackcountryradio.co.uk/contact-us/how-to-listen/

Whitby Town twitter is @WhitbyTownFC

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