BLUE REVIEW: Players are still buoyant after five defeats

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy
Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy’s weekly column.

We may have lost five games in succession, but the mood in the camp is still buoyant, and crucially the players are still going into games believing that they can get results.

As I have said on a number of occasions recently, the margins are very fine, and I don’t think we are a million miles away.

The Ashton game aside, it’s been nip and tuck in all of these fixtures, as was the case at Barwell on Saturday.

I feel for the boys as they did all that was asked of them and more, and to then come away with nothing was a real blow. Conceding in injury time leaves a really bitter taste.

It is easy to start believing that when you are down at the bottom, things tend to go against you.

Conceding in the 94th minute of a game we could easily have been winning could be an example of this, it certainly feels like bad luck, but I think that it is more a case of not doing enough of the right things.

We have to take our chances and create daylight between ourselves and the opposition, and we cannot afford to give away soft goals.

These things are proving the difference between us going six games unbeaten and then losing five in a row, because the levels of performance in those matches has been pretty consistent.

Although we are on a bad run, I don’t feel that there is any additional pressure on us, it feels like we are in much the same position as we were when I first took over.

I still feel we need around 46 points to survive, so it’s a case of us having to win six of our last 12 games, starting this weekend when we play Colwyn Bay in another relegation six-pointer.

Richard Pell came off injured at Barwell and he is 50/50 for Saturday.

At the other end of the pitch, Anthony Hume made his first start last time out and did really well, he offers us an alternative option in the final third.

What you see is what you get, he’s a big strong kid who likes to get up in the sky and contest balls.

He will create openings for us, and with Mikey Roberts and Dale Hopson in and around him we’ll pose a real threat.