The Blues host second-place Warrington Town tonight, in the Evo-Stik Premier, with both teams coming into the game on the back of weekend wins.
Whitby stopped a winless run and picked up their first points in four league games, thanks to an early Junior Mondal goal and a Dale Hopson penalty, which secured a 2-1 home win over Bamber Bridge, sending the Seasiders back into the top half.
A win tonight, with other results going their way, could lift Chris Hardy’s side back within touching distance of a play-off berth. However, the Blues boss knows that his side will face tough opposition to get there.
“If we are not at our best, we could be taught a footballing lesson.” said Hardy.
Hardy was happy to get the result on Saturday but did admit it was not in the style that managers aim to achieve but hopes it will help the squads mindset going into tonight’s game.
“It was a positive result, we needed to get back to winning ways and it puts us in a better mindset for tomorrow.
“It’s a results-based industry, and sometimes you have to do it ugly.
“We had to compromise on the football essence on Saturday if we could have won in an expansive way we would of.
“But they were good, we had to take our opportunities and had to battle out for the result.”
Tonight’s opponents Warrington had a break from the league at the weekend as they faced National League North opponents in AFC Telford in the FA Cup third qualifying round. The Yellows continued their fantastic start to this season as they saw off Telford to progress to the next round, in which they will face FC Halifax Town at home.
As well as a positive mindset Hardy is hopeful that other things may be in the Blues’ favour, such as the 282-mile round trip that the Warrington squad will be making tonight.
“Travelling on a midweek is always difficult, tonight it may work in our favour.
“But if they travel with their strongest squad it will be a tough game and we will have to put a performance in.” Said Hardy.
The Blues are still waiting on the fitness of Jack Norton, who has struggled with gout recently. Keeper Adam McHugh, however, has had his loan extended and will remain at the Seasiders for the time being.
Ashley Coffey (knee) and Greg Rutherford (achilles), however, remain sidelined and will not be featuring in the matchday squad.