CHRIS HARDY: We need to capitalise on derby win

Blue Review with Chris Hardy
Blue Review with Chris Hardy

We can’t rest on our laurels after a superb win against Spennymoor on Tuesday night.

The guys were brilliant in the game from start to finish, and showed that we have many strings to our bow as a side.

We were very much the dominant side in the first half, we moved the ball well and should’ve been in front heading into half-time.

Spennymoor are a decent side, and they came into the game in the second half and the guys had to show a bit more of their defending and battling qualities to keep them at bay.

I gave man of the match to Adam Gell, him and Steven Snaith were exceptional in front of the back four.

Gelly broke up the play superbly and allowed our defence a little bit of breathing space when Spenny were lobbing long balls into our half.

We need to use this platform that we’ve given ourselves to kick on now and mount a real charge to secure a play-off spot.

These words can be taken and used very lightly, but we really do need to use that boost from scoring a last-gasp winner in a derby clash like that to our advantage.

Winning big games like that in the fashion we did, it gives everyone a lift at the club and boosts morale.

We need to take that into Saturday’s game at home to Rushall Olympic and make sure we push on.

Tuesday night’s win was much-needed, we’d suffered a few poor results, particularly at the Turnbull Ground, which hasn’t been like us this season.

That was incredibly frustrating for me and the players alike, and we need to make sure we finish the season as strongly as possible now.

That work started at training last night and then goes into Saturday’s clash.

We should be at full strength for the game, barring a few niggles for a few of the lads.

I was a little disappointed with the gate of 329 for the Spennymoor game.

They brought a fair few fans down and I really thought there would’ve been a few more through the gate for what was a huge, huge derby game at the right end of the table.

This team really does deserve better support from the town. They’ve taken Whitby Town from battling relegation into a promotion push, they play attractive football in the process and provide a decent amount of entertainment.

It would be great to see a big following at the Turnbull for the Rushall game tomorrow.

Thanks for reading

Chris