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Derby Day On Yorkshire Coast

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Published at 8:02am 27th August 2018. (Updated at 9:08am 27th August 2018)

It's derby day on the Yorkshire Coast, as Scarborough Athletic and Whitby Town prepare to go head to head in the Evo-Stik Premier League. 

It's the first time the two sides have met in a league fixture, but it was Boro who held the bragging rights last season after a dramatic late win in the League Cup. 

Segregation will also be in place at The Flamingo Land Stadium this afternoon, after advice from North Yorkshire Police. 

Whitby fans will have their own facilities at The Swimming Pool End, however there will be no seating available. 

On the pitch, both sides will be looking to bounce back following defeats on Saturday (25 August.)

Boro were beaten 1-0 at Grantham Town, Whitby were also beaten 1-0 by Witton Albion. 

Ahead of the derby, Blues boss Chris Hardy said:

"Whitby Town are going to win of course! Seriously though, it's a very competitive fixture and we need to be on point on the day. 

If we're not, I'm sure we'll come out second best. As things stand, we're in a confident frame of mind and hopefully that will continue.

In the past, I've been 'fobbed off' somewhat with likes of Blyth Spartans supposedly being a derby game, logistically that isn't the case.

But I honestly feel with the Scarborough fixture, that is a proper derby. Two teams, in and around the local area, people working in the same workplace, fans vying for bragging rights, it's got all the ingredients for a proper derby."

The game itself is being sponsored by the Yorkshire Regiment, but a planned parachute into the ground prior to kick-off will now not be going ahead due to safety reasons. 

Captain Tony Viney, who has organised the military activities today, said:

"It is with great regret that I must tell you, the club and the fans that the planned parachute display for the 27th must be delayed.

We take safety very very seriously in the MOD, and I am afraid that there was simply not enough time between agreeing to do the display and the actual event itself to be 100% certain of all safety measures. 

Planning will continue at pace and we fully expect to be able to carry out the jump later in the season - perhaps with a few other surprises attached too. 

In the meantime we are extremely honoured to be sponsoring the game and both the soldiers and veterans are very excited to be involved - especially in the singing of the National Anthem ahead of kick off.

We look forward to seeing everyone there, please feel free to come and chat. Fortune Favours The Brave."

Kick-off this afternoon is at 3.00pm, but tickets are not available to purchase today. If you can't make it to The Flamingo Land Stadium, you can listen to full live commentary on Yorkshire Coast Radio Extra


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