Whitley Bay travel to bottom of the table Crook Town on Saturday in search of points to lift them up the Ebac Northern League table.
In their second season back in the top flight, Crook have struggled after a change of management during the summer saw most of their players leave the Millfield Ground.
With only one league win in three months, the club parted company with new manager Nick Harrison two weeks ago, replacing him with the vastly experienced Peter Mulcaster, and Saturday’s match will be his first home game since his appointment.
A new manager often brings out renewed enthusiasm among players and a consequent upturn in fortunes, so Whitley will need to be wary of their opponents, despite their lowly position.
Two Bay players, Robbie Bird and Marc Ellison, will be particularly keen to make a good impression as both played for the County Durham side last season.
Paul Robinson will be absent from the Bay side as he completes his suspension while Michael Laws misses the contest with a hamstring injury he picked up at Congleton.
Whitley do not have a game next midweek, allowing them the full week to prepare for their important FA Vase tie against Dunston on Saturday, December 6.