MARINE manager Kevin Lynch is hoping to add new faces to the squad in time for the game with FC United of Manchester.
The Mariners are dealing with some injuries to key players and Lynch has been working hard on drafting in replacements.
Promotion rivals FC United are the visitors to the Arriva Stadium with just one place and one point separating the teams at kick-off.
Lynch’s side are in the middle of a tough run of league fixtures but so far they have coped admirably, picking a win against Witton Albion and drawing with Worksop Town last weekend.
But his squad has been stretched to its limits this week with two cup ties two days either side of their match with Worksop.
Marine have emerged from the congested fixture list with injury problems.
Matty Brown is out with a hamstring problem, Paul Pearson damaged ankle ligaments and Paul Lundon has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Lynch will assess Ryan McMahon and Nick Rogan, with the striker picking up a few knocks in recent matches.
Accordingly, the boss has been scouring the market for players to plug the gaps.
“It is a tough game and we will have to patch ourselves up and get a team out there,” said Lynch.
“This will be the third time in three weeks we have faced a side fourth in the table, so it has been a difficult run.
“But we have taken four points from the two games so far and the lads will need to extra motivation going into Saturday.
“We have the monkey off our backs now we’ve beaten FC United and there will be no need for any speech from me before kick-off.
“If you can’t get up for this game then you are in the wrong sport.”
Thursday’s rearranged Lancashire Co-operative Challenge Trophy tie with AFC Fylde saw Marine lose 3-2 before the fell to a late Cammell Laird winner in Tuesday’s Doodson Sport fourth round clash.
“It was disappointing to go out of both cups this week,” said Lynch.
“We felt it could’ve been a season where we could’ve got to a cup but football does not always pan out as you plan.
“But we need to learn from it and be stronger for the experience.
“We went into the Worksop game having played on a very heavy pitch at Fylde on the Thursday night and I think it caught up with us - especially with the injuries we have.
“Playing Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday is difficult by any stretch of the imagination.
“But we have got to get the disappointment of the last week out of our system and do so pretty quick because we have a massive game on Saturday.”