Whitby Town Football Club

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Gainsborough Trinity striker selection dilemma

After a weekend without football and a hard-earned rest, Chris Hardy and his men travel to Gainsborough Trinity  in search of three points, but the Blues boss will have a selection dilemma ahead of the match.

For the first time in his three years at the club, Hardy is presented with a range of options up front and will have a number of options to start as his attacking line-up for the trip to 8th place Gainsborough.

Regular strikers Matthew Tymon and Junior Mondal will now be facing competition for their starting spots with Greg Rutherford and Ashley Coffey returning from long-term injuries and are now fit and ready for first-team action.

“Hopefully we can get it to all four of them being match fit, raring to go and available,” Hardy said

“They all have good qualities but all four of them have different qualities to the other.”

However, going into this Saturday’s game fans can expect a similar line-up to what they saw in the Blues 1-0 home defeat against South Shields, as Hardy has been impressed with the team’s performances and is confident the results will come.

“The performance against South Shields was good but the result wasn’t the one we wanted, so going off that the line-up won’t be a million miles off,” he added.

“If we can get the consistency in the performances then the results will come.

“The teams we’ve performed well against but not the results we wanted have all been top teams who will be up there come the end of the season.

“The team’s performances are key and we saw that over the past few games, we are just hoping to get back on track where we were.”

This Saturday’s game comes on the back of two-week break for the squad, but Hardy says the break can’t be seen as just a positive or a negative as it comes with benefits and disadvantages.

“As a team, we get positives and negatives from the break, if we go into Saturday and perform well and get a positive result then the break will be seen as a good thing.

“But if we look rusty and don’t get the result then the break will be seen as a negative.”

Saturday’s squad will be one man lighter as Andrew Monkhouse has left the club for Ossett United this week, but despite the loss, Hardy is confident that he has not left himself short.

“As much as he (Monkhouse) was occupying a shirt, we have enough bodies and personnel and we haven’t left ourselves short.

“We are speaking with players, but we are always looking to improve the squad.”

The team news going into this weekends match sees Ashley Coffey available and may travel, but plans state that a start on Tuesday is more likely for the forward.

Alex White and Kieran Weledji are both unavailable for the match.

Daniel McWilliams is match fit and available for selection.