Hebburn Town boss Scott Oliver insists he’s still aiming for a top-six finish – but says he may have to add to his squad to achieve it.
The Hornets travel to Crook Town tomorrow hoping to extend their six-game unbeaten run in Northern League Division Two.
Hebburn drew 0-0 with Easington on Wednesday night in a game Oliver felt they should have won, and he has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of tomorrow’s clash.
Chris Smith and Alan Pegram have work commitments, James Talbot and Craig Malley have hamstring strains, while Ally Downey is unavailable.
Chris Feasey needs a fitness test, while Mick Watson returns from Tow Law.
Oliver said: “We are still aiming for the top six.
“We have a break after Saturday with no midweek game – hopefully I can get a player signed to help things as a few lads are playing with niggles.
“We are stretched again for tomorrow squad wise, but these lads give the club their all.
“We may well turn our season around still.
“We are six games unbeaten. We dominated Easington but like most of our season, our finishing was poor.
“I want to give credit to our back four and goalkeepers this season as we are much improved.
“You build teams from the back and we have worked hard on that.”
Oliver has a dilemma over who to play in goal tomorrow. Regular No1 Steve Hubery missed the Easington clash and deputy Phil Holgate performed well, and could keep his shirt at Crook.
Meanwhile, in Division One, Jarrow Roofing face a crunch clash at the bottom of the table when they host Whitley Bay.
Both sides should have enough in their squads to avoid relegation this season, but are too close to the drop zone for comfort.
Whitley Bay are only out of the bottom three on goal difference, although, they have games in hand on their rivals and recently saw Ian Chandler return to the club he managed to three FA Vase triumphs.
Roofing are four points better off, also with games in hand, but could do with getting a victory under their belts after winning just once in their last nine outings.
Boss Richie McLoughlin will be concerned over the amount of goals his side are shipping, with league leaders Shildon blasting five past them without reply in midweek.