Blues denied by ‘gut-wrenching’ late goal

Dale Hopson was on target for Whitby Town at Sutton Coldfield
Dale Hopson was on target for Whitby Town at Sutton Coldfield

Whitby Town were denied an opening day of the season win at Sutton Coldfield Town by a 94th-minute equaliser.

The Blues took the lead after eight minutes courtesy of a Dale Hopson strike and remained 1-0 up until deep in added-time when Dan O’Callaghan fired in from long range, against the run of play.

“It’s gut-wrenching, I’m very, very disappointed,” Hardy told the Whitby Gazette.

“It was a good performance from us that definitely warranted the three points. We were totally dominant in the first half and although there was a bit of a reaction from them after half-time we were comfortable in the second period and missed three great chances to put ourselves out of sight.

“There is a massive air of disappointment in the camp because we gave Sutton Coldfield a footballing lesson, yet we’ve ended up with just a point.

“There are lots of positives that we can take, but we’ve got to earn the right to win games by taking our chances. When you’ve only got a one-goal lead it leaves you vulnerable, regardless of how much possession you have or how well you are playing.”