CHRIS HARDY: Delighted for Gelly

I was delighted for Gelly (Adam Gell) getting a goal on his 200th appearance for Whitby Town.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 10:00 am
Chris Hardy's column

Gelly is a huge asset for the club and just goes about his business quietly week in, week out.

A lot of people won’t notice the work that he does but he’s a hugely important and consistent performer for us.

To make 200 appearances at this level is no mean feat and just shows he has the qualities needed to operate in the league.

To go and get the win as well was fantastic for us.

The performance was what we asked the players for and I was really pleased with them.

What was particularly pleasing was the fact that we were missing both our number nines in Paul Blackett and Brad Fewster but still managed to find the back of the net on three occasions.

That just goes to highlight the importance of having the likes of Dale Hopson and Callum Patton available and out there on the pitch rather than on the treatment table.

Callum Patton got another 90 minutes under his belt without a reaction, which is a massive boost for us.

Dale had to come off at half-time as a precaution as he felt his hamstring tighten.

Hopefully we have nipped a potential injury in the bud before it could’ve got much worse and we’ll have a look at Dale at training on Thursday night.

Another player who we’ll have to wait on for Saturday’s trip to Mickleover is Paul Blackett.

Paul took a knock in the North Riding Cup game against York and had to miss the game on Saturday as a result.

He will be having a scan up at his parent club Gateshead and we will have to wait to hear back from them ahead of Saturday.

In my time at the club, we have usually done pretty well at Mickleover so it would be nice if that could continue.

They tend to get the ball down and try and dictate play, so it will be up to us to stop them doing that.