CHRIS HARDY: Tymon and Snaith will be a big loss

Chris Hardy's column
Chris Hardy's column

Our big North Riding County FA Senior Cup semi-final clash against Middlesbrough is drawing close now.

The game being moved from Tuesday to Thursday doesn’t really affect us too much.

We operate on a three-day basis as it is anyway, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, so it’ll make very little difference.

Our skipper Steven Snaith and Matty Tymon will be missing for the semi-final as their suspensions kick in.

Clearly, that’s a huge blow for us, but we’ll have to get on with it.

Snaith has really managed to keep his discipline together well this season, and I found his yellow card a strange one on Saturday.

Tymon’s red card looked like it could’ve been resolved with a chat by the referee.

Both players came together and it looked like, with some common sense at the late stage in the game, a chat would have sufficed.

I’m not one to talk about referees, but we’ve had a string of poor officiating performances recently.

There are no excuses, because the refs have been poor full stop, whether we have won, drawn or lost.

We’ve had a great week in our promotion push, two wins and a draw have really put us back in among the play-off chasing pack.

Our win against Spennymoor was a great boost for morale, and while Saturday was something of a come-down, we got what we deserved and took a point.

Tuesday night’s performance against Halesowen was a dominant one. We really did dominate the game, albeit despite conceding a sloppy early goal.

The guys stuck to their task, we probed and probed and I think we could’ve won 6-0, it would’ve reflected fairly on the game.

Andrew May, Callum Martin and Adam Gell really did stand out for us, but it was a really good team performance.

It’s great to see the Mikey Roberts of old back with us.

He comes back to us from his loan at a great time and he’s starting to find his form again heading into a crucial period for us all.

We added some more firepower to our squad this week with the signing of former York City striker Ryan Caulfield.

He’s been training with us for a while now so we have seen plenty of him, although he’s still something of an unkown quantity in terms of actual gametime.

He’ll travel to Stafford with us tomorrow, for what will be another tough game.