Whitby Town are set to travel to Lancaster City for their final game of the 2018/19 season, however neither side looks set for any drama on the final day of the season in this mid-table clash.
The Blues go into this game on the back of three consecutive defeats and will be hoping to finish their season on a high like their opponents Lancaster who have lost just one match in their last nine outings.
Whitby are going into the game with a number of issues amongst the squad, defender Alex White is unavailable and midfielder, Adam Gell is still sidelined with an injury. Striker, Bradley Fewster will need a fitness test on Saturday and elsewhere there are worries over Kieran Weldeji and Matthew Tymon ahead of Saturday. One positive for the Blues is that Adam McHugh returns to the squad.
Saturday may be seen as a nothing game by a number of fans but manager Chris Hardy hopes that his players will feel different going into their final game of the season.
Hardy said: “It shouldn’t be a nothing game, but sadly a number of games have been this for us throughout the season, and games will continue to be looked at like this in the future but not just at Whitby.
“Our objective is still to go out there on Saturday and play a good game of football and show how committed we are to delivering the right results.”
The Blues have been struggling for form having suffered three defeats in a row, most recently Whitby suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hand of could-be champions, Farsley Celtic, but Hardy believes his side’s performance was an improved showing compared to the previous game.
Hardy said: “The last two games have been like chalk and cheese, as on Monday we were competitive throughout the game but we just missed that cutting edge.”
Despite a positive showing on Monday against strong opposition, Hardy knows that the recent form has been disappointing and is a reminder of why the club is where it is in the table.
“It is disappointing, I think on the back of what we have highlighted about consistency, we appeared to have found it and now we have lost it.
“It’s a reminder of where we are and what improvements we need to make as a group ahead of next season.
“If we can get the consistency right then we can expect to finish in those right areas, pushing for a play-off spot, as a mid-table finish isn’t what we had hoped for, but it has been a solid season,” Hardy added.
With the season coming to a close, a comfortable finish has been a vast improvement for Whitby Town from last year’s relegation battle and Hardy admits that the progress the club has made is important.
Hardy said: “Ultimately the progress from last year is important, we are in a comfortable position, but I hope that we don’t just accept being comfortable.
“We need to aim to improve on this and kick on next year and how much we improve will be the telling factor. It will ultimately down to our dedication as a group to improve as well as any additions to the squad we make.
“I can’t see why we won’t and cant kick on next season and aim for those top places.”