Whitby Town are back at the Turnbull Ground on Saturday (Aug 23) when Skelmersdale United are the visitors in the first of a Bank Holiday double header.
Boss Darren Williams stressed that Whitby cannot afford to do what they’ve done in the last two games – which have yielded defeats – and only start playing at half-time.
“You cannot do that at any level,” he said.
“On Wednesday against Curzon Ashton, a few harsh words were said at half-time, a bit of a reality check more than anything, and we had a reaction in the second half.”
His deputy Dave Campbell had made virtually the same criticism after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Stourbridge.
Saturday’s opponents Skelmersdale have started the new season solidly with only a 90th minute leveller from newcomers Halesowen denying them a 100% record.
The Lancastrians drew 1-1 with the Division One South play-off winners on Saturday before seeing off Nantwich Town 1-0 with an Aidan Kirkbride goal on Tuesday night.
The two games between the teams last season yielded 10 goals.
Whitby led twice away from home before going down 4-2 after conceding three goals in the final minutes.
Darren Williams’ men were held 2-2 at the Turnbull when Steven Snaith and Graeme Armstrong notched, only for the visitors to rescue a point with two spectacular efforts.
Snaith and midfield general Dave McTiernan will both return from suspension for tomorrow’s clash which kicks off at 3pm, with admission frozen £9 adults, £5 concessions, £2 under 18s and under 16s get in free with a paying adult. But there are injury problems for Lee Bullock (calf), Ged Dalton (knee) and Zak Boagey (ankle).
Town are back in action just 48 hours later when North East rivals Blyth Spartans provide the opposition on Bank Holiday Monday (August 25).
The Blues did the double over their old adversaries last season, including a 7-0 Easter Monday demolition at Croft Park.
The Seasiders have a number of ex-Spartans in their line-up including Craig Farrell, Lee Mason, Richard Pell and new signing Jamie Poole.
Kick-off in Northumberland is 3pm with admission set at £10 adults, £5 concessions and under 10s admitted free with a paying adult.