Blue Review

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy
Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy’s weekly column.

Climbing out of the relegation places following Saturday’s victory over Halesowen was a massive psychological boost for us.

When I took over here we were in a mess, and some said we were doomed, even though there were still a lot of fixtures to play, so to bridge the gap and move out of the drop-zone is really positive.

It creates belief, and the players are buoyant now, and this is very important.

Once players start to believe that they are down, or they can’t get out of a situation, then things become really difficult.

As it happens, there is now confidence in the camp, and we are going into games believing that we can pick up points.

We haven’t just been grinding out results, the performances in recent weeks have been of a good standard as well.

Against Halesowen, on the back of some composed build up-play we certainly created more than our opponents and looked a threat on the back of the majority of our attacks.

Over the 90 minutes I thought we edged the game and the boys were well worth the three points.

We are just taking things one match at a time, but we’ve now created a bit of momentum.

We go to Ilkeston this weekend to face a young team with a similar footballing ethos to ourselves, confident that we can make it six games unbeaten.

We maybe have that little bit of extra experience in our side, and obviously we’re in good form, so I think we can get another result.

Off the pitch, Ryan Brobble has departed the club, which is disappointing because he was a player who I felt offered us something different.

His personal goal was to get back into full-time football, and once the offer came from TNS, he had to take it, it’s a great opportunity for him.

There was no way that we would ever have stood in his way, and we wish him well for the future.

I’ve also appointed Mark Robinson to a player-coach role, a position I’ve been looking to fill since I came in. I’ve had chance to have a look at things over the last few months and Robbo was the stand-out contender.

He has great experience in both the professional and amateur game and is a very good communicator, so I’m certain he’ll be perfect for the job.