Whitby Town assistant manager Lee Bullock has warned that the Blues face a tough weekend, as they prepare for a pair of bank holiday matches.
The Seasiders side face a trip to Grantham Town on Saturday (3pm), before hosting Workington on Monday afternoon (3pm) to complete the bank holiday double bill.
Assistant boss Bullock has warned that, despite his side wanting to react, they will be charged with a tough task against two of last season’s play-off contenders.
“It’s continuing the theme of the start of the season,” Bullock said.
“It’s two difficult teams when you look at last season and where they finished.
“Grantham is, there’s no other way to put it, an awful place to go with the running track around the ground.
“We know what we’re going to get from them. They’re well drilled, hard to beat, like to smash it long and are happy for the ball to go out of play and take a couple of minutes to regroup.
“You’ve not only got to beat them, but you’ve also got the beat the place and the conditions such as the useless multi-ball system that, as soon as they’re 1-0 up, disappears.
“Workington will give us more of a football match. They’re a good side and liked to get the ball down more last season. It will be a different game completely to Saturday.”
The Seasiders’ are set to have a clean bill of health once again and could make changes following Tuesday night’s defeat at Altrincham, with players like Mikey Roberts and Niall McGoldrick searching for starts.
Whitby’s league record against both sides last season leaves a lot to be desired, with two tough games expected to be on the cards.
Grantham did the double over the Blues last season, running out 2-0 winners in each encounter, whilst Workington surrendered just one point to Whitby, a 1-1 draw at the Turnbull Ground, before running out 4-0 winners at Borough Park in the return fixture.
A supporter’s coach leaves the Turnbull Ground for Grantham at 9:30am on Saturday morning. Places are limited and should be booked in advance through club chairman Graham Manser on 07966 241 344.