Can Blues Bridge play-off gap at strugglers?

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Whitby Town visit South Yorkshire side Stocksbridge Park Steels tomorrow as they aim to extend a ten-match unbeaten run and return to the NPL Premier play-off places.

The Seasiders have already beaten the club from the Sheffield outskirts 4-0 in their biggest win of the season, back in September.

However, player-manager Darren Williams fears heavy pitches and a tough run of games may force him into rotating his squad for the matches ahead.

All three sides that tackle the Blues next month are promotion contenders, including leaders Skelmersdale United.

“It’s important that everyone’s fresh and rested,” Williams warned.

Town have been on a fine run of form with just one defeat in fifteen league games since October.

Graeme Armstrong netted twice in last weekend’s first-ever home win over FC United of Manchester. With 22 goals, so far, in all competitions, the ex-Gateshead marksman has already passed Nathan Mulligan’s top tally of 18 from last season.

“He’s been the shining light for us, as well as Steven Snaith up front with him.” Williams enthused.

“Just look who they’re keeping out of the side. Craig Farrell was prolific last season and he’s struggling to get in because of their workrate and they’re doing the business.”

Williams was impressed by fellow forward Mulligan too.

“Mullers came on and looked hungry [on Saturday].

“He was desperate to get on there and I think the timing was right.” the Blues boss added.

Third-bottom Stocksbridge are without a win in seven outings, but they did hold second-placed title favourites Chorley 2-2 over the festive period.

Steels striker Nathan Joynes is joint-fifth in the league scoring ranks with seventeen Evo-Stik League goals so far this campaign.

“Stocksbridge will offer a different challenge.” Williams cautions.

“It’s away from home, which is a challenge that we normally rise to and we’ll go to win it, but it won’t be easy.

“At the end of the day, it’s important to put the effort in there.”

A supporters coach leaves the Turnbull Ground at 10.30am on Saturday morning, with places still just £10 each.