CHRIS HARDY: North Riding Cup exit is a blow

It was incredibly disappointing to exit the North Riding FA Senior Cup on Tuesday night - even more so going out on penalties.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 1:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 1:32 pm
Chris Hardy's column

Conditions again played a big part in proceedings and York used the wind to their advantage in the first half to go 2-0 up.

We had the wind advantage in the second half and were able to get back into the game and take it to penalties.

To come back into it and then lose on penalties is very disappointing, especially given the North Riding Cup is a very winnable competition and we have had success in it recently.

We came up against a strong Warrington side on Saturday.

You can see why they are pushing for promotion from the division again and it was a tough test.

We weren’t at it in the first half and allowed Warrington to dominate the first 45 minutes.

There was a response in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for us to get something from the game.

Callum Patton managed the full 90 minutes on Tuesday night, which is a huge positive for us and he should be back to 100% fitness now going forward.

Dale Hopson got an hour or so under his belt and came off the bench on Saturday at Warrington too.

It’s great to have Dale back among the group, he’s a hugely important player for us and we just hope he can maintain his return to 100% match fitness.

Arran Wearmouth will be signing with Marske United in a bid to get more game time.

Arran started really well at the club and has struggled a little for game time of late and we wish him all the best in the future.

I’d like to end this week’s column by passing on my sincere condolences to the friends, family and all associated with Jordan Sinnott, who tragically passed away last week.

The thoughts of both myself and Whitby Town are with his family at this time.