Droylsden are dreadful. Tom Wade has warned his Blyth Spartans players to beware them coming good.
The Croft Park club are up to ninth in Evo-Stik Premier, the Bloods are second bottom, after six defeats and a draw.
But Saturday’s loss at 10th-placed King’s Lynn Town was by only a single goal.
And while Wade accepts a third straight win – after victories over Frickley Athletic and Grantham Town – is plausible at the Butcher’s Arms Ground tonight, he is wary of improving opponents.
Asked to evaluate the likelihood of a third successive victory, Wade said: “Well, it’s possible, of course.
“But Droylsden, after a slow start to the season, will come good at some point. Their last few games have been close and they are not a bad side.
“They know that only one win could move them up to mid-table so they will be going for it. We will play our strongest team and then look forward to Saturday’s FA Cup game against AFC Fylde.”
Blyth’s newfound attacking abandon has been built on the goals of Robbie Dale, Dan Maguire – who both netted against Grantham on Saturday – and to a lesser degree Arran Wearmouth. But Wade says his midfield – and Neal Hooks especially – have proved equally important, and will soon begin to register on the scoresheet.
“Neal was excellent,” he said, of Hooks, who replaced Craig Hubbard during Saturday’s match.
“He changed the game, getting the ball higher up the pitch and putting some great passes through.
“They (the midfield) are creating the chances and once they start scoring it will take off. The thing is that the system we are using in the middle of the park is working.”