Blues boss aiming for season of consolidation

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy, right, is determined to oversee a progression on the pitch during the 2016/17 campaign
Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy, right, is determined to oversee a progression on the pitch during the 2016/17 campaign

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardyis aiming for a season of consolidation ahead of the new 2016/17 campaign.

After guiding the Blues to a dramatic escape from relegation at the end of 2015/16, Hardy is determined that his side will not become embroiled in another battle at the wrong end of the table.

“We have to try and ensure that we don’t become involved in a relegation scrap again,” the Town chief said.

“The aim is to consolidate, try for a mid-table finish and to go on a bit of a cup run.

“I could come out and say we want to go for promotion, but it just wouldn’t be realistic. This season is about getting the building blocks in place to help us move forwards in the future.”

The new season begins with a trip to Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday, a game which will take place at Eastwood Town’s Coronation Park due an issue with the 3G pitch at the Midlands club’s home ground.

Long-term injury victim Ben Askins misses out, while Steven Snaith and Curtis Round face fitness tests.

Player-assistant manager Lee Bullock is rated as having a 50/50 chance of being available.

“We’re looking forward to Saturday’s game, and it’s one we’re going into aiming to win,” Hardy added.

“That will be how we approach every game in this division this season.

“A number of new players have come into the fold and it might take some time for the side to gel completely, but we’re not a million miles away from where we want to be.

“The fact that this game will be played at Eastwood benefits us because it involves an hour’s less travelling, and it also means that Sutton Coldfield are playing away too, thus they don’t have home advantage.”