Striker selection headache is one I've never had at Whitby

Having what will be a good selection headache up front for Saturday will be a first for me in my time at the club.

Thursday, 15th November 2018, 10:54 am
Updated Thursday, 15th November 2018, 11:04 am
Striker selection headache is one I've never had at Whitby

Greg Rutherford has got himself back firing again in training and is looking sharp. We'll have him available for Saturday which is a massive plus.

Ash Coffey is another one we're hoping we can get some minutes in to. He's back in full-time training now and is looking for an involvement in the playing side come the next two games.

In recent weeks the front line has pretty much picked itself, with limited availability, and now we have some real options.

Greg and Ash will push Junior Mondal and Matty Tymon to reach higher levels again, and give us a real choice to make in terms of who we go with.

Junior has been excellent and needs to maintain that - healthy competition I'm sure will only strengthen him and his place. As for Matty, he's very important to the team, and the occasions when he hasn't featured, we've not looked as threatening going forward at times.

Saturday is going to be a tough game, but the lads are chomping at the bit to get going again after two weeks off.

We played an inter-squad friendly last Friday, to try and replicate a game-like situation. That's never going to be perfect, and you'll never reach the league tempo, but it's kept us ticking over.

The break, in a way, has been a bit of a blessing in disguise for us in that it's allowed us to work on a couple of injuries and get players back towards full fitness, including Dan McWilliams and Kieran Weledji, though I think Saturday will come too soon for them both.

Tuesday night sees us in North Riding Senior Cup action at home to Grangetown Boys Club, and there may be a chance to swap one or two players around going into that game, with fringe players looking for a chance to impress.

It's a game that we're looking to win, naturally. They'll make it hard for us in that it'll be their cup final. Either way, we will have a strong team out for it and look to progress.

It's also a perfect chance for people to sample what we're doing here, in terms of on and off the pitch, with the game being half-price.

It's a great move from the club, and I really hope that it will encourage people to come along and give us some backing.

Finally, I'd like to wish Andy Monkhouse all the best for the future after signing for Ossett United.

On a personal note, I'm disappointed to lose him as his performances have been excellent this season at centre-half.

However, while Monks has been been with us he’s been the model professional from start to finish. The club hasn’t seen much in the form of success since he’s been involved but he’s always remained positive and professional.