By Paul Connolly
Assistant manager Lee Bullock has admitted that he may have underestimated the way that Grantham Town played the last time the sides faced off.
The Blues travelled to the Meres earlier in the season and fell to a 2-0 defeat, after a poor showing from the Seasiders.
And Bullock believes that he may have been a bit harsh on the Gingerbreads ahead of the previous encounter, saying that they’ve added to their game.
“I think I did Grantham a disservice the last time we played them, going on about the running track,” Bullock told whitby-town.com.
“They get the job done, they’re direct, strong and always cause problems. This season they’ve been backing it up with high standards too, so it’s safe to say they’re one of the better sides in the division.
“Over my time here, they’ve always been one of the toughest opponents. They always give us a hard time. It’s probably why I’m not too fond of them, we never seem to get anything from them.”
The Blues go into the game having lost just once in seven games, whilst Grantham have lost once since the turn of the year, though have played only twice since the end of January.
And the Blues’ assistant manager believes that this is the biggest test yet of whether Whitby have truly turned a corner.
“It’s a great chance for the lads to show how far they’ve come,” Bullock continued.
“We know that before Christmas, this is a game where you could probably say we’d have rolled over in. We need to stand up and be counted this time and I think the lads will do.
“It’s also a great marker as to where we’re at going forward, it would be nice to get something against one of the better teams in the league and show what we can do.”