North Riding Football League side Fishburn Park will play their biggest game of the season to date tonight, hosting Northern League division two side Thornaby in the North Riding Senior Cup first round.
They will, however, have to sweat on the fitness of two key players, with prolific striker Dan Brown and influential midfielder Callum Halley awaiting fitness tests ahead of the clash. Long-serving Olly Cooper is also a doubt for Andy Park’s men.
Nathan Storr will also miss the game due to a holiday
Jamie Poole could be set for a return to the Turnbull Ground, just a month after leaving Whitby Town, as he returns from holiday in time for the game. Paul Roddam is also in line for a return to the Turnbull Ground.
Despite the difference between the two sides divisionally, Fishburn’s assistant manager Ste Mothersdale is confident that his side will give their visitors a good game.
“Having spoken to the lads in the last few weeks, they’re all really looking forward to it,” he told whitby-town.com.
“Who wouldn’t fancy a crack at higher league opposition under your home town team’s floodlights? Hopefully we’ll have plenty of vocal support behind the lads to go with it, which will make a difference.
“The feel around the camp is that it’s a free hit. We’re big underdogs and we have nothing to lose. We have a good squad here, full of local talent.
“We pushed Boro Rangers all the way in a final last season, and beat them in the first game of this season. They’re a team who I believe could hold their own at Thornaby’s level, so it proves that we can give a good account of ourselves.
“We know we have to do the basics right and not try to overplay when we are are on the back foot. We may spend a lot more time without the ball which we aren’t used to so we will have to be on it from the first minute.
“Losing Nath Storr due to holiday is a big loss for us as he pulls you goals from nowhere and has a bit of magic. We’re just waiting on a couple of fitness tests to see if anyone else will miss out, which we’re hoping they won’t.”
“We are confident and hope to give a very good account of ourselves, and who knows what will happen in cup football?
Mothersdale was also quick to praise Whitby Town for allowing them to use the Turnbull Ground, avoiding a switching of the tie to Thornaby.
“Thank you to Whitby Town and Paul Connolly,” he added.
“They’ve been superb in helping us.
“They have gone far and beyond for us, which everyone at Fishburn Park is very grateful for.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm at the Turnbull Ground, with admission being £3 adults and £1 concessions. Live coverage also on Yorkshire Coast Radio Extra (Whitby).