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Preview - Bucks take on Whitby in huge game

Up next The Bucks are on the road as they travel to Whitby Town at the Towbar Express Stadium on Saturday 19th March 2022 for a 3PM kick off.


The Bucks


The Bucks go into this game continuing top of the table with a 4 point gap! It was a first half masterclass from Diego De Girolamo last week as his hat-trick meant we came out 3-0 winners against Radcliffe Borough.


Diego now sits 4th in the top goalscorers chart with 16 goals so far this season.


New signings

The Bucks will be with the addition of James Hardy and Johnny Saltmer who both signed in the week. Hardy joins us on loan from Chester and is a winger. Saltmer has come in to provide cover for Theo in a crucial end to the season


Manager Steve Cunningham spoke about how much of a important fixture this was for the team saying


“It’s a massive fixture for us when we sat down and discussed what the plans were going to be it was to treat every game as an individual game and the next one will always be the biggest game of the season and it’s a tough one against Whitby”


The Bucks should have a good away following with fans making the journey up for the weekend along with a coach. Cunningham spoke about the importance of this.

“They really are galvanising the squad and all friends, family and children are coming it’s a fantastic atmosphere at the Silverlands and we wish everybody a safe trip that will be travelling to Whitby.”


Opposition


Whitby Town currently sit 6th in the league on 55 points just outside the playoffs spots.


The Blues picked up a 2-0 in their most recent match at home to 10 men Witton Albion. Second half goals from Jacob Hazel and Josh MacDonald meant they picked up the three points.


The Bucks are facing another player manager again this week with former York City player Lee Bullock being in charge as a joint manager with Nathan Haslam. Haslam was head coach at Marske United in 2013-14 as he lead them to a league and cup double.


One to watch


Jacob Hazel is the top scorer in the NPL this season with 19 goals. The former Buxton loan player has played for 8 clubs in the NPL in his career. The Whitby forward has also represented St Kitts and Nevis on national duty making 3 appearances for the North American side. The Seasiders striker signed a new contract with them in December keeping him there until May 2023.


Last time out

Diego got a hattrick and Ward scored as The Bucks won 4-1 at The Tarmac Silverlands Stadium in October.

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