CHRIS HARDY: Huge relief after pair of crucial wins

The overriding emotion following our victory at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night was one of relief.

Friday, 15th April 2016, 9:17 am
Updated Friday, 15th April 2016, 9:23 am
Whitby Town players celebrate the winning goal against Marine

It was a game that we really needed to win, and a potential banana skin, but despite the pressure of the occasion, the lads produced a great performance.

We did an awful lot to warrant both the three points and the scoreline.

After starting so positively and taking a deserved lead, things could have gone wrong when our opponents got an equaliser out of nowhere, but we kept doing the right things and must have created around 20 chances over the course of the 90 minutes.

When the third goal went in with about 10 minutes left, I knew that barring an unlikely disaster, we had won the game, which meant that I was able to relax and enjoy the moment a bit more.

By contrast, Saturday’s win over Marine went down to the very last second and was an incredibly tense affair.

It was an end-to-end match with a lot of the action taking place in both goalmouths.

We had enough chances to have put the game to bed, but Marine were always a threat and put us under a lot of pressure towards the end of the second half.

As a manager who kicks every ball, these kind of matches really do take their toll and Saturday was uncomfortable at times.

That said, I’m just delighted that we’ve managed to pick up six points, which give us a great chance of achieving our goal, which is to stay in this division.

The way things stand, with us three points above the drop zone with a game in hand, plus a significantly better goal difference than the teams around us, I think that possibly just one more win might be enough to ensure we stay up.

There are still four games to go however, and we know that this job is not finished until we are mathematically safe.

As always, we will continue to take things one game at a time, because looking any further ahead than that can prove detrimental.

Our focus now turns towards Saturday’s game at Stourbridge, where we won’t be favourites, but make the trip confident and in good spirits.

l A supporters’ bus to Stourbridge departs the Turnbull Ground at 8.30am on Saturday.

To book a place, contact Graham Manser on 07966241344.