Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell admitted that the squad is “down to the bare bones” ahead of the busy schedule that sees his side play three games in six days.
The 31-year-old also stated his desire to get one over on their rivals Ashington on Bank Holiday Monday and that the three fixtures coming up are ones that they should be picking up points from.
Ferrell said: “The next three games for us are great fixtures to pick up points in, we have played the big boys in the league and these are now teams that will be in and around where we are aiming to finish.
“Three games in six days isn’t ideal, but we won’t be sitting here getting our violins out feeling sorry for ourselves, the young lads coming in will be trying to impress.
“These are all games that I feel that we should be winning, they are all teams that will be in and around where we are aiming to be this season.
“The derby is something that I am looking forward too, Ashington is a great club, I have huge respect for them from my time there, but my focus will be on getting us the three points.”
The highlight of the next three games comes in the form of neighbours Ashington, which is always a special occasion, but the manager stated that “form goes out the window” in derbies.
He added: “I am not too bothered about the game itself, the only thing I care about is whether we have the points, and I don’t care if it a good game or a scrappy affair.”
“Form certainly goes out the window in these games, they will be up for it and the pressure is on them to do well this season, but as a player and coach you look forward to these games.”
“I do know that Harmy has got good players with him and two good coaches, I don’t think he will be under any pressure, this is a bloke who has played in the Ashes after all.”
It has been an up and down start for the Terriers, but last Saturday’s impressive display against title-favourites Shildon give the manager hope going into a busy period.
“I expect to win every game, the reality is we can’t win every game, I will put money on our side on Saturday being the youngest ever to have played for Bedlington,” said the former Gateshead player.
“September can’t come quick enough, I want to be having a settled squad and at the minute that isn’t the case at all, I want a selection headache on a Friday night and at the minute that isn’t the case.”