BLUE REVIEW: Postponement leaves us frustrated

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy
Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy
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Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy on the Easter Monday postponement, fixture re-scheduling and Buxton away in his weekly column.

It goes without saying that we were left massively frustrated by the postponement of Easter Monday’s home game with Darlington.

We’re on a decent run after four games unbeaten and when you’ve got some momentum you want to be able to keep it going.

Darlington are a very good side, and we know it would have been a tough game, but the lads were confident ahead of the match.

When it was cancelled we went to Redcar and did some training, and there was a real mood of disappointment within the squad.

There is also the added blow of having to play Darlington on a Thursday night later this month when we already have three games to play that week.

That type of schedule brings problems in terms of injuries and fatigue when we are desperately battling for crucial points to keep ourselves out of the relegation zone.

A few days earlier, the boys were really positive after a really good result at Salford City on Saturday.

To say that the draw at Salford was a hard-earned point would be a understatement.

Knowing full well the quality that we were up against and the task that this created, nothing less than 100% from our boys would have done.

The team showed determination, discipline and application, things which we are certainly going to have to call upon throughout our remaining games.

I feel that the qualities we displayed are qualities that we are going to need to avoid a relegation season.

It gives all associated with the club real belief going forward.

An early blow in the game, which saw Dave Mctiernan withdrawn due to a hamstring injury, meant a re-shuffle of personnel which made the task that bit harder.

We hope Dave will be fit for Saturday’s trip to Buxton, which isn’t going to be easy, but having beaten them a few weeks ago I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that again.

Dale Hopson will probably miss out with a hamstring injury, but we should have Richard Pell and Lee Bullock back.