Blues boss satisfied with progress

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy
Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy believes that his side are making “small steps in the right direction” in their bid to escape the Evo-Stik Premier Division’s relegation zone.

The Blues’ Boxing Day clash at Darlington was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but they picked up their first point under their new boss in a 1-1 home draw with Frickley Athletic on Monday.

Hardy said: “Our performance against Frickley was much improved on last time out, and we’ve now got our first point on the board.

“I think there is plenty to be positive about as there are signs of progress already.

“They are just small steps in the right direction, but if we keep taking these and progressing, then eventually we will end up where we want to be, which is out of the drop zone.

“That said, we know that there is a lot of hard work ahead of us, and plenty of areas in which we must improve.”

Hardy was impressed by the character that his players showed to recover from going a goal down early on to earn a draw against Frickley, but felt that the Blues perhaps deserved all three points.

“A point is obviously better than nothing, but I think that given the possession and chances that we had in the second half, we possibly deserved to win the match,” he added.

“It was end-to-end like a basketball game in the first period, and even when we were on top after the break, Frickley still had chances on the counter attack.

“It’s one that could have gone either way, but we didn’t quite have the end product, and a couple of chances went begging.

“Given our position in the league, there is an urgency to pick up points, but we weren’t too far away on this occasion.”

The Seasiders face a trip to high-flying Nantwich Town tomorrow (Saturday), but Hardy feels that his side can get a result, with the pressure off.

“Nantwich are doing very well and up in second place in the table, so we’re not expected to get anything there,” he continued.

“The pressure is off, to an extent, so as long as we can get some good possession, I’m quietly confident about our chances.”

Nathan McGinley, who has arrived at the Turnbull Ground on a month’s loan from Middlesbrough, is set to be included in the Blues squad for the trip to Cheshire.

A supporters’ coach leaves the Turnbull for Nantwich at 9am on Saturday. Contact Graham Manser on 07966241344 to book a seat.