BLUE REVIEW: ‘Our next two games are both six-pointers’

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy
Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy’s weekly column.

We face two away games in three days against sides who are in and around us in the league table and these are both genuine six-pointers.

The matches at Grantham and Hyde are big ones for us as these are the sides who are immediately above us in the table.

As I’ve said before, we cannot afford to lose ground on the sides in this division that we are competing with for survival.

We are six unbeaten now and we are going into our fixtures believing that we can get results.

We try not to get ahead of ourselves, and are just taking it one game at a time, but we have to be confident of going to Grantham and Hyde and getting something.

What has been pleasing about out unbeaten run is that we have been playing well, and you can start to see the patterns of play that we work on in training emerging during matches.

The last few games are a good example of this, and if you look at how these have played out, there is a big difference in how the team is performing compared to my first game in charge.

When I arrived here, we simply weren’t creating enough, but in recent weeks we have been doing enough to score three or four times per game and win by bigger margins.

This was certainly the case in the Workington game where the eventual result was nothing less than we deserved.

On a difficult playing surface the boys went about their business in an excellent manner, producing some eye-catching football that should have seen us out of sight.

I feel that I should also mention the concentration levels that we maintained up until the final whistle.

Given the fact we didn’t achieve daylight between ourselves and Workington, it was of the utmost importance that we didn’t allow a lapse in concentration.

There are plenty of signs that we are making good progress, but we have to keep this going.