Blues boss satisfied with Skelmersdale draw

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy

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Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy desribed Tuesday’s goalless draw at Skelmersdale United as “not a bad night’s work”.

The Seasiders moved another point clear of the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation places following the result, despite a below par first-half showing.

“There’s a bit of disappointment with the opening 45, but overall it’s not been a bad night’s work,” Hardy said.

“It was a tight game, but the positives are a point on the board and other results went for us.

“The first half was lethargic and we didn’t apply ourselves, but half-time gave us a chance to re-group and in the second 45 we did a lot better.”

Whitby are now three games unbeaten following victories over Colwyn Bay and Buxton in their last two outings and have kept a trio of consecutive clean-sheets.

They almost grabbed all three points at the Messenger Express Stadium in added time when Anthony Hume’s header was brilliantly saved at point-blank range by Skelmersdale keeper Martin Fearon.

“We could have won it at the death,” Hardy continued.

“But if we are going to win games of football at this level we need to be performing for 90 minutes.

“On reflection, a draw was a fair result, we didn’t do enough to warrant maximum points.

“Tonight’s performance showed good character, however, and with a clean sheet to boot, this now sets us up for a massive weekend with Salford and Darlington to play in the space of three days.”

Full match report and more reaction in Friday’s Gazette.