Blues denied by ‘gut-wrenching’ late goal

Dale Hopson was on target for Whitby Town at Sutton Coldfield
Dale Hopson was on target for Whitby Town at Sutton Coldfield
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Whitby Town were denied an opening day of the season win at Sutton Coldfield Town by a 94th-minute equaliser.

The Blues took the lead after eight minutes courtesy of a Dale Hopson strike and remained 1-0 up until deep in added-time when Dan O’Callaghan fired in from long range, against the run of play.

“It’s gut-wrenching, I’m very, very disappointed,” Hardy told the Whitby Gazette.

“It was a good performance from us that definitely warranted the three points. We were totally dominant in the first half and although there was a bit of a reaction from them after half-time we were comfortable in the second period and missed three great chances to put ourselves out of sight.

“There is a massive air of disappointment in the camp because we gave Sutton Coldfield a footballing lesson, yet we’ve ended up with just a point.

“There are lots of positives that we can take, but we’ve got to earn the right to win games by taking our chances. When you’ve only got a one-goal lead it leaves you vulnerable, regardless of how much possession you have or how well you are playing.”