Blue Review

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy
Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy’s weekly column.

We were left frustrated after last weekend’s match at Colwyn Bay fell victim to the weather. As I’d said in the build up to the game, it was a big one for us.

After a really good result at Nantwich last time out, we were looking to carry the positivity from that performance into our next fixture.

If we are to start moving up the table we need to generate some momentum.

I felt that we had it after the Nantwich game and I was looking for us to build on that.

By the time we host Barwell this Saturday, it will be almost two weeks since we last played, and that long break won’t have done us any favours.

Since I came to the club, we’ve had a number of games called off and it has been frustrating, but there isn’t much you can do about it.

It’s afforded us extra opportunities to work on things in training, but the players need game time.

We got the lads together on Saturday and did some work, but ideally we could have done with a friendly.

Unfortunately the game was called off at too short notice to arrange one.

Barwell visit us this week and it is just going to be a case of trying to get as close to the level of performance we produced against Nantwich, in this game.

They sit ninth in the table, and although they have achieved some very good results this season against some of the better sides in the division, they have also shown some inconsistency.

As always,our focus will very much be on what we do, we can’t worry too much about Barwell, we just need to make sure that we perform.

At this moment in time, I expect us to be at near enough full-strength on Saturday. Nathan McGinley has a little bit of a twinge in his groin, but we think he should be fine in time for the game.

Obviously, a couple of players have left the club recently in Lee Mason and Ibby Hassan and I have identified a number of targets who I am looking to bring in. At the moment, these are still works in progress and there is nothing concrete, but we are looking to strengthen.