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Boss Hardy to axe under-performing trialists

Blues boss Chris Hardy
Blues boss Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy has admitted that it’s time to pull the plug on some of his trialists following a showing that lacked fight against a Bishop Auckland side that included a raft of ex-Whitby players.

Hardy lamented a “brutal” game in his post-match interview, one that saw his side fall to a 2-1 defeat to Northern League opponents - their second to similar opposition in a matter of days.

Greg Rutherford netted his second goal in two games from the spot, before Darren Richardson equalised ahead of the break.

Ex-Seasider Callum Patton ensured the hosts took the spoils with the game’s second penalty.

Boss Hardy said: “From the point of view of where we’re at - it’s minutes under our belts,but we didn’t do much more than that.

“We came up against a competitive, able Bishop side and we didn’t win enough of the battle.

“It’s getting to the stage where we need to start to acknowledge the players we’ll be working with next season, and some of the trialists will who aren’t up to the level and need to go elsewhere to get game time.

“We’ve got to get our levelse right, and at the moment there’s too many errors all over the park.”