Blues boss Hardy ready to pass judgement on trialists

Blues boss Chris Hardy
Blues boss Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy has admitted that he is close to making up his mind on a number of trialists, as his side travel to Guisborough Town in the Mickey Skinner Memorial Trophy.

The Blues boss has cast his eye over several players this pre-season, though now believes it's time to trim his side down, with one eye on the opening day of the season.

"Ultimately, we've got to try and gear the whole pre-season towards the start of the league season," Hardy said.

"There will come a point where we make decisions on trialists, which I imagine will be over the next couple of games."

Shane Bland is expected to get his first 90 minutes of pre-season, with back-up goalkeeper Daniel Dixon getting married on the day.

Hardy could, however, be able to recall Andy Monkhouse, who sat out of the Gateshead fixture with a hamstring issue, and Kieran Weledji, who returns from holiday.

Adam Gell could also be in for more minutes, as he steps up his recovery from a knee complaint.

Guisborough are the current holders of the Mickey Skinner Trophy after a 2-0 win over Whitby, last July.

The Blues, however, ran out comfortable 5-0 winners over the Priorymen at the King George V stadium in the North Riding Senior Cup, last November.