Match Preview: Whitby Town (H)

With the 2021/22 campaign now in full swing, the Collieries welcome Whitby Town to the Skuna stadium in a midweek Northern Premier League clash looking to extend our four-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Following on from FA cup success away at Bridlington Town last Tuesday (September 7), Brad Cooke’s men secured a 1-0 victory at home to Grantham Town on Saturday (September 11) courtesy of a second half strike from Danny Lambert. Aside from earning the three points, a sixth goal for the club since his debut in 2017 was a fitting way for the midfielder - affectionately known as ‘Lambo’ – to mark his 100th start for the Black and Whites. Post-match, first team coach Joe Duckett reflected on a memorable afternoon at the Skuna for the matchwinner, praising Lambert’s individual performance. “I don’t think you’d have guessed before the game that it would end up 1-0 and Danny Lambert would be the scorer but forget the goal, his performance today was absolutely outstanding. “The goal was just the icing on the cake because he won every single first and second ball. Their manager [former Premier League player Carlton Palmer] said that with ten minutes to go and he was right. “He [Lambo] has been so consistent for us and since I’ve come into the club, he’s done that in most games. He goes well under the radar and days like this highlight just how good a player Danny Lambert is for us and in general too. “He deserves the goal today and everything that he’s getting in the way of praise. His efforts for the club and for us as a management team, he’s an absolute dream to work with.” 12 points from the opening seven league games sees Cooke’s men sat in eighth place when looking at the league table, just three spots behind the final play-off spot, which Tuesday night’s opponents – Whitby – currently occupy having earned 16 points from the same number of games. Lee Bullock’s side came out on top away at Mickleover Sports in their last outing, winning 2-1 to seal a second win in a row. Having fallen behind in the opening minute and trailed at the break, two goals in three minutes from Marcus Giles and Jacob Hazel flipped the game on its’ head to earn the Seasiders that victory. Since our promotion up into the top-flight of the Northern Premier League – due to having two seasons curtailed as a result of the COVID Pandemic – we have had no less than three games against Whitby postponed. Neither of the two scheduled fixtures in the last campaign were played, while our home game against Town scheduled for April 2020 was also scrapped. However, we did complete the away game in the ‘null and void’ 2019/20 season. That trip up to Yorkshire – in February 2020 - ended in disappointment as the Colls lost out 3-1 to their hosts. Dylan Glass’ late consolation a poachers’ finish as the ball fell to him in the six-yard box from a corner on what was a blustery afternoon. Date: Tuesday 14th September 2021 Time: 19:45 Address: The Skuna Stadium, Alder Street, Atherton, M46 9EY Admission: Adults: £10 Concessions: £6 Under 18’s: £4 Under 11’s: Free Admission is by cash on the turnstiles. Article – Ben Olawumi