Officials provide Blues with bench boost

Chris Hardy & Lee Bullock
Chris Hardy & Lee Bullock

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy has described himself as 'delighted', after his and his management team's exemplary behaviour on the touchline this season was commended.

The Blues manager has walked away with high praise from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League committee, after he and his coaching staff averaged 2.85 points per game in the technical area marks table, coming out on top across the three NPL divisions.

Clubs recieve three points for excellent behaviour, two points for good behaviour, one for satisfactory behaviour and minus one for poor, with the Seasiders receiving an exemplary 39 excellent marks and seven good from 46 matches.

Hardy, however, believes that his method should be part and parcel of the game.

"I'm delighted, it's nice to receive this sort of praise," Hardy told the Whitby Gazette.

"The way in which we conduct ourselves on the touchline, I want to reflect on the pitch. I'd like to think that a lot of the time it does.

"Coaches have their own job to do, we have to be respectful of that and not argue things. A lot of it is down to treating people in the manner in which you want to be treated.

"It's the same with referees. There's a time and a place to talk about decisions and it's not in the heat of the moment. You say things you regret in those situations. It's better talking to them post-match when things have calmed down."

This has led to Evo-Stik NPL referees liaison officer John Jones singling out the Blues for the highest praise.

"They were way out in front in the statistics, impeccable, and to not get one poor or even just satisfactory mark all season really is remarkable and should be commended," Jones told the Evo-Stik League's official website.

"Like Lincoln United, Scarborough Athletic and Lancaster City, they've set a fantastic example for their players and everyone else to follow. As a league we are very proud of them all because they couldn't have demonstrated more clearly why the the Northern Premier League continues to be recognised by the Football Association for having the best record on sportsmanship and Respect at both league and club level in Non-League football."