CHRIS HARDY - Delighted to keep Jake here

I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to extend Jake Hackett’s loan deal with his parent club Sunderland.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 10:38 am
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 10:39 am
Chris Hardy's column

Jake has shown plenty of glimpses of the player he could potentially go on to be and I’ve been really impressed with him since he came into Whitby Town.

He has that ability you’d expect from any academy footballer, but he’s also adapted to playing senior football really well and has that competitive edge about him.

If he continues to improve and adapt, he could really go on to dictate the tempo of games and have a real impact.

Looking back at Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Basford United - you’d have to say it was a reasonably fair outcome in the end.

To go 3-2 down with just a couple of minutes left, it showed a lot of character from the lads to role up their sleeves and go up the other end and equalise.

It always feels like a relief when you equalise so late in a game, but I think we could have easily won the game on Saturday.

Still, it’s a positive result for us and I think we played well.

I have to say, I do enjoy playing on artificial pitches.

It takes so many variables out of the equation and just means you can focus on playing your game.

We followed up that point on the road with a resounding 6-0 win over Redcar Newmarket in the North Riding County FA Senior Cup at the Turnbull Ground on Tuesday night.

The gulf in class between the sides was evident and had it not been for their goalkeeper having the game of his life between the sticks, it would’ve been double figures for us.

Still, credit where it is due for Redcar - they battled right to the end and on a big night for their club, I hope they enjoyed the occasion despite the result not going their way.

We switch our focus back to BetVictor Northern Premier League action when we welcome Grantham on Saturday.

I don’t expect us to win as comfortably as we did at their place earlier in the season, but hopefully we can pick up a positive result.

Jake Hackett returns to the squad after a slight hamstring issue, but we’re still without Dale Hopson, Brad Fewster and Callum Patton.