MATCH PREVIEW: The coast-to-coast derby

The football served up at Borough Park recently has been a good advertisement for the Northern Premier League with supporters leaving the ground well satisfied with the entertainment provided.

Whitby Townโ€™s visit on Saturday should provide another cracking game as both sides need to win for different reasons.  Town will be looking to revive their play-offs bid with a victory whilst Reds continue to push for position in the top half of the table.

Historically, Whitby have a very good record in west Cumbria (six wins in nine visits) and their away form this term has been better than on home soil.

Already, they have won at Atherton Collieries, Guiseley, Hyde, Ilkeston, Morpeth, Marine and Radcliffe with 24 of their 38 points obtained on the road.

They are in 8th position, five points better off than Reds who remain in 13th spot.

Two months ago, the teams battled out a 1-1 draw after Jacob Gratton had opened the scoring via the penalty spot and Joe Bunney netted a late, but deserved, equaliser.

The ground staff have been able to work on the pitch this week and although the surface is not perfect it has got to be one of the better grass pitches in the league this season considering the weather we have experienced.

Danny Grainger will go into action with a similar squad to last week with no injuries reported after the 2-2 draw v. Warrington Rylands.       

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