Blues boss: Win over Marine was ‘massive’

Richard Pell wins a header during Saturday's success over Marine. Pictures: Brian Murfield
Richard Pell wins a header during Saturday's success over Marine. Pictures: Brian Murfield

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy described Saturday’s victory over Marine as a “massive” result.

Dale Hopson’s 58th-minute strike proved enough to win the game, moving the Blues up two places in the league standings, and out of the Evo-Stik Premier Division relegation zone on goal difference.

Blues keeper Shane Bland punches clear

Blues keeper Shane Bland punches clear

“It was by no means an easy game on the eye but great character shone through to ensure we got over the finish line,” Hardy said.

“The result was massive in every sense of the word.

“Did we create enough chances to win the game? The answer is yes. Did we ride our luck at times? The answer is yes, but all that was important were the three points, and getting them gives us a real chance of playing our football next season in Evo-Stik Premier.”

Hardy and his players now turn their attention to Tuesday night’s trip to second-bottom Colwyn Bay, a game that the Welsh side must win to keep their own slim survival chances alive.

Jamie Poole celebrates at full-time

Jamie Poole celebrates at full-time

Town on the other hand can move three points clear of the drop zone, if they can record what would be just a second away league win of the campaign.

Midfielder Dave McTiernan and striker Matty Waters are unavailable, but defender Callum Martin will return to the squad for the long journey to North Wales.

Top-scorer Mikey Roberts, who limped off the pitch in the 88th minute of Saturday’s victory over Marine, is expected to be passed fit to play.

When the two sides met at the Turnbull Ground last month, the Blues cruised to a comfortable 2-0 success, and Bay have since lost five of their last six matches.

Kick-off at Llanelian Road is 7.45pm.