With no match coming up, Whitby Town’s players and staff will be taking a well-earned break this weekend, but one man who is eager to get on to the pitch is striker Greg Rutherford.
Rutherford signed in the summer from Spennymoor Town in the summer was enjoying a good pre-season for the Blues, impressing in particular against Marske United with a brace of excellent goals.
His opportunities in competitive fixtures so far has been limited though, with an injury sustained early in the season ruling the striker out until recently.
“I tweaked my Achilles in the last few minutes against North Ferriby, it was upsetting,” Rutherford said.
“I’ve eased myself back into football and tried not to rush it, Jeff’s looked after me brilliantly.
“I’ve just taken my recovery day by day and week by week.”
Rutherford has started to appear in the first-team over the last few fixtures, coming off the bench against Witton Albion, Scarborough and South Shields.
However, the striker knows he has a lot to do to earn a starting place.
“I’m going to have to work hard to get back into the team, put 100% effort into every training,” he added.
“Injuries are part and parcel of football, but you’ve just got to deal with it.
“I’ve missed a lot of games but there are still lots of games to play.”
Rutherford has been in a similar situation earlier in his career, coming off the bench late in games, but the forward is confident he can do what is needed of him.
“When I was younger I was coming on late in games, and you’ve got to do what’s expected and what the manager tells you.
“But it’s when I get the start is when I can start showing what I can do and start expressing myself.”
One question Whitby fans may be asking though is what can they expect from Rutherford, what does the striker add to the side when he does start matches.
“I’m hard-working, my strength is getting in behind defences, breaking the lines and defending from the front.
“I’m hoping to get a partnership going and hopefully add to the goals that Junior (Mondal) is scoring.
“Goals are my main aim, but also becoming part of a dangerous partnership.”