TONIGHT (Thursday) sees Whitley Bay take on FA Vase finalists Spennymoor Town at Hillheads in a crucial game for both sides.
The Moors cannot afford to drop points if they are to retain any hope of catching leaders Darlington while Bay will want to bounce back from the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to Darlington.
Whitley will then face two visits to Cumbria as their hectic programme of fixtures continues through April.
By the time they set off for Penrith on Saturday, they will have played five games in the first 11 days of the month, all against sides in the top seven of the table.
They will continue to play three games a week until the start of May in order to make up the backlog of games following the bad winter weather.
The punishing schedule means that in addition to a lengthy injury list, there will be some weary legs among the players making the trip to Cumbria this weekend and they will be back in action again on Monday when they make the much shorter journey to Newcastle Benfield, who they beat 2-0 at Hillheads on Good Friday.
Then 48 hours later, they return to Cumbria on Wednesday, April 17, to play Carlisle side Celtic Nation in what is likely to be a tough encounter.
With most sides in a similar situation, fatigue and player availability will make results unpredictable and consistency will be difficult to achieve.
In the league, Whitley Bay’s objective is to retain fourth place and put the pressure on third place West Auckland.
However, the Northumberland Senior Cup Final against Ashington at St James’ Park is now a major priority