Austen Aggrey could make an earlier than expected to return from his broken hand, with Skolars’ coach James Massara believing Aggrey to be only “two or three” weeks away from action.
Jermaine Coleman will also be monitored before any decision is made on his involvement this week after Massara revealed that the stand-off “has a reaction around his knee every time he plays”.
Massara said: “The Northern Rail Cup has been very tough for us but it’s stood us in good stead. We’re looking at this next block of games and things could be very different in a few weeks’ time. There’s a real belief here.
“We take a lot of confidence going forward. We’ve got a big and competitive squad and we’re looking forward to playing some Co-operative Championship One opponents.”
Smith said: “We need to be professional. It’s a long trip but hopefully we can put in a similar performance to the one we managed at Workington after a three-hour coach trip.”