Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy is expecting a reaction from his players at Hyde United tonight (Monday) after Saturday’s loss to Grantham.
The Blues chief admitted that his side were second best in the 1-0 Evo-Stik Premier Division defeat to the Gingerbreads which brought their six-match unbeaten run to an end.
“I’ve no complaints about the [Grantham] result, I think we were just a little bit short and we need to respond well on Monday,” Hardy said.
“Unfortunately we were second best for large periods of the game, so full marks to our opponents, hopefully we’ll get a reacion [at Hyde] and put points on the board. It’s a winnable game.”
Hardy feels that a miss from Mikey Roberts shortly before Danny Meadows netted Grantham’s 75th-minute winner proved to be a key moment in the game.
“Having missed a great opportunity to take the lead in second half, which I’m sure would have created momentum and given us a great platform to see the game out, no sooner did this chance come and go Grantham took the lead from the penalty spot which proved enough to take all three points,” he added.
Whitby will be confident of getting back to winning ways when they visit Hyde, who saw Saturday’s home clash with Nantwich Town postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and have won just once in their last 20 outings.
The Tigers’ most recent league victory was a 3-2 home success over third-bottom Colwyn Bay on October 26, but they did however enjoy a 3-0 midweek success at the Turnbull Ground, earlier that month.
Centre-half Richard Pell misses out through work commitments, but fellow defender Jamie Poole and midfielder Gary Wood could come into contention.
A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull Ground today at 2.15pm, with places still just £10 each.