SKEGNESS United go into this week’s David v Goliath clash at home to top-of-the-table Cleethorpes knowing they must win if they are to have any chance of taking the title.
Although United are flying high in the league, in a superb second spot in their debut season, they are 16 points off the pace of the league leaders.
They do have five games in hand, but face a mammoth task of upsetting the odds this Saturday, as big-spending Cleethorpes are unbeaten in over a year in which they have played more than 40 games.
However, those who have made the trip down to Wainfleet Road this season will know that joint managers Hallam and Callaby have assembled a team that is more than capable of causing an upset.
United’s only absentees are MaCauley Parker (injured) and Neil Thorpe (banned).
Skipper Paul Watts makes a welcome return after missing the Market Rasen game, and both Jordan Walden and Joby Gowshall should return after missing both the Rustons and Market Rasen games through injury and work commitments respectively.
Joint manager Mark Hallam said: “These are the games you look forward to most – to test yourselves against the best the league has to offer.
“We know we have enough quality to beat them, we are just hoping the people of Skegness turn out in huge numbers to get behind the players in a game that will go a long way to deciding which team takes the title.”
Joint Manager Jason Callaby added: “In many ways we have nothing to lose on Saturday.
“With us just starting out as a new team this year and with the budget they have at their disposal, expectations are that Cleethorpes Town will win the game.
“However, we have great belief in our players and hopefully with a big crowd behind us we can cause an upset and take a giant step towards achieving our goal.”
The club has urged the public to go to the game in Wainfleet Road this Saturday. Entry is free and kick-off is at 2pm.