Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy feels Saturday’s clash at fellow Evo-Stik Premier Division strugglers Colwyn Bay is a “must-win game”.
The Blues currently sit 21st in the league standings, just two points shy of safety, but 20th-placed Bay are breathing down their neck, and victory at the weekend would see them leapfrog Hardy’s men.
“It’s a genuine six-pointer, and a game that we have to win,” the Town chief said.
“Given how things stand, whichever team gets the result will gain a huge advantage.
“We will go there and look to try and get all three points, I don’t think we’re in a position where we can set up for a draw.
“We come off the back of a good win at Nantwich, and it will be a case of trying to be positive in our approach like we were last week, without getting careless.”
The success at Nantwich was Whitby’s first away league win of 2015/16, and Hardy says he doesn’t plan to change much as the Blues look to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
“Barring any injuries before the Colwyn Bay game, I would expect us to be as we were at Nantwich,” he added.
“We set up with three centre-halves and wing backs and it certainly worked for us.
“After playing well to get a two-goal lead, we got behind the ball and remained compact and saw the game out.
“We can take a lot from that performance, but we’re playing a different team this week and must remain open-minded about how we go about it.”
After grabbing their first win under Hardy at Nantwich, the Blues boss says his players now need to start looking up the table.
“We need to concentrate on looking up rather than down from now on,” he continued.
“Psychologically, it will be an advantage if we are positive in how we go about things, and we can afford to do so as a win on Saturday could take us out of the drop zone.
“We’re improving with every game, we’re starting to show good qualities and the signs are promising.”
* A supporters’ coach to Colwyn Bay leaves the Turnbull Ground at 8am on Saturday. Call Graham Manser on 07966241344 to book a seat.