AFTER an unbeaten start to the new year, a win over fifth-placed Marine on Saturday gives Whitby a chance to get out of the Evo-Stik Premier’s bottom two, for the first time since October.
But joint top scorer Jimmy Beadlem with six goals in nine games, thinks the Merseysiders will be up for a fight.
“They’re Scousers, they never back down- it’s going to be a good game,” said Beadle.
“It’s going to be a scrap and it’ll be messy and it’ll be difficult - but as long as we give it our all, that’s all that matters really.”
He added: “I know they had an excellent start to the season and their away form is second to none.”
However, the 23-year-old former York City schemer has revealed things are getting better off the field for the Blues with boss Darren Williams allowing players more freedom to put ideas forward in the dressing room.
“Daz has created an atmosphere where everyone’s on an even keel.
“It’s not like a hierarchy or a dictatorship, it’s democratic - you have your opinion and they respect it,” said Beadle.
“You have four, five, six players having input during games, at half-time, before games and everyone’s pulling in the same direction.”
Town are unbeaten in 2012 and have conceded just two goals from their last three matches, despite the absence of highly-rated centre-half Kev Burgess with a wrist strain.
Physio Kenny Bolton is hoping the ex-Darlington defender will be back next month, but revealed striker Jordan Hugill will also miss out for the Seasiders’ third straight home clash.
The youngster’s recovery from a knee injury, sustained 15 minutes into his first start for the Blues, has had to be put on hold pending further medical checks.
Despite their lofty position, the visitors - from Crosby, near Liverpool - are still without a victory in the new year after three winless outings, including a 1-0 home defeat to Stafford Rangers, last weekend.
Beadle is hoping Williams’ new-found dressing room unity will pay off, claiming: “You’ve got Andy Campbell, who’s got a lot of knowledge in the game who speaks, Dave Campbell as well and some of the players too.
“Everyone can voice an opinion. Darren will acknowledge it - he might say ‘I agree with what you’re saying’, but he’s strong in his opinion and he’s in charge.
“Every player in the changing room has respect for him.
“He’s played 200 games for Sunderland and it’s a privilege to play alongside players like that.”
With just three defeats in their last 17 meetings with the Mariners, history may also be on Whitby’s side.
Kick-off is 3pm at the Turnbull on Saturday. The following weekend sees the Seasiders visit bottom club Burscough, who play their home games at nearby Skelmersdale.