Blues lose fifth game in a row

Blues boss Chris Hardy, right, was left with a "bitter taste" after a last-gasp loss at Barwell
Blues boss Chris Hardy, right, was left with a "bitter taste" after a last-gasp loss at Barwell

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy says he “feels for his players” after a 94th-minute goal at Barwell condemned them to a fifth successive defeat.

With the game tied at 1-1, Liam Kay scored with virtually the last kick of the game to deny the battling Blues a vital point in their quest to avoid relegation from the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

“I feel for the boys as they did all that was asked of them, and more, and to then come away with nothing is a real blow,” Hardy told the Whitby Gazette.

“From one to 11, the players all put their bodies on the line and we had the better chances in the game, so conceding in injury time leaves a really bitter taste at the final whistle.

“The outcome is very disappointing, but we must remain positive going into the [end of season] run-in.”

Centre-half Jamie Poole gave Town a half-time lead when he followed up a Mikey Roberts effort with 44 minutes gone.

Hardy’s men remained in front until the 66th minute when Alex Tomkinson beat Shane Bland to level matters.

The Blues came close to re-taking the lead, but looked good value for a draw until disaster stuck four minutes into added time.

The defeat, combined with a 5-2 win for 20th-placed Stamford over Skelmersdale, leaves Town (21st) four points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand.

Whitby return to action when they host relegation rivals Colwyn Bay on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.