CHRIS HARDY: Injuries and departures mounting up

Chris Hardy's column
Chris Hardy's column

It was incredibly frustrating to see Jack Norton suffer another injury setback in his first game back after a spell out.

Jack showed great patience throughout his time on the sidelines and then when Adam McHugh was between the sticks and he had to sit on the bench.

So for him to come back in and then get injured again is really unlucky and incredibly frustrating for both myself and Jack.

It’s never good when your number one is out injured, but we were lucky enough to be able to get Adam back in on a short-term deal as he’d left Bishop Auckland.

We’ve also seen Andy Monkhouse and Jimmy Beadle leave the club over the past week or so.

Two key players who were more often that not first team players.

We will 100% need to replace at least one of them, hopefully both of them, and we are working away behind the scenes to try and do just that.

I have nothing but good things to say about both Andy and Jimmy and I wish them both all the best for their futures in the game.

We were well-beaten at Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday, despite starting positively and taking an early lead through Matty Tymon.

We were second best in every single department and the scoreline was a fair reflection of proceedings in the end.

It was a very disappointing performance and one we will want to put right.

We went some way to putting Saturday behind us with a 6-1 win in the North Riding Cup on Tuesday night.

The return of Ash Coffey was a huge positive for us, I thought he was superb to say he has been out for so long.

Having him back in the reckoning will be like having a new signing at the club and I’m excited by the prospect of having Ash, Greg Rutherford, Junior Mondal and Matty Tymon vying for places in the striking positions.