Lewis Maloney is set to feature in Chris Hardy’s squad to face Marine at Rossett Park for the Evo-Stik Premier clash tomorrow afternoon.
It was confirmed today the the attacking-midfielder had re-joined the Blues on a month’s loan from National League side, Gateshead, the club Maloney signed for in the summer after impressing with the Seasiders.
A player who is unlikely to play a part in proceedings tomorrow is Carl Lawson who joined Guisborough Town on a dual-registration deal, also earlier today.
Chris Hardy hopes that the game itself will bring good fortune for the Blues, who were extremely unlucky to lose out to high-flying Warrington Town on Tuesday night.
The Seasiders were unfortunate not to take at least point in midweek against high-flying Yellows side however, the fact that the Blues competed with the much-fancied side is reason for optimism.
Recent trips to Liverpool have turned out to be happy visits with Hardy’s men winning the last two fixtures there by three goal margins, something of which the Blues’ manager hopes will continue tomorrow afternoon.
“It’s been a successful ground since I’ve been at the club,” said Hardy. “Maybe football superstition can work in our favour and help us get the three points. There were plenty of positives to take from Tuesday night against Warrington.”
Chris Hardy mentioned ahead of Tuesday’s clash about how a long trip could have favoured his side, especially in midweek with daily commitments interfering.
The thought of travelling on a Saturday does not bother Whitby’s management or players, Hardy admitting that his side have become accustom to it.
“The travelling could have a possible bearing,” Hardy stated. “I think that my team are now geared up for travelling. It’s much different travelling on a Saturday to travelling on a Tuesday afternoon. Saturday preparation is different with work and other factors not usually playing a part.”
In terms of injuries, strikers Ashley Coffey and Greg Rutherford continue to be sidelined. Some positive news comes in that Coffey, the former Marske United man, has returned to light training.
The Whitby management also have concerns for the experienced trio of Andy Monkhouse, Lee Bullock and David McTiernan who look set for late fitness tests before a final decision is made as to whether or not they play on Merseyside.