CHRIS HARDY: Roberts decision was a mutual one

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy
Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy

The decision to make Mikey Roberts available for transfer this week came as a mutual one.

The choice came from Mikey and it is one that the club has decided to support.

He doesn’t want to be at the club to sit around and make up the numbers, he wants to play which is fair enough.

In football, there isn’t room for us to be sentimental. Mikey has been a fantastic servant to the club but we have to make decisions based on performance levels of players.

On Saturday, we went with Kieran Weledji and Luke Bythway as the forward pairing, and it was arguably the most dangerous we’ve looked going forward this season.

That being said, no places are safe. We made changes to get a reaction from Saturday’s defeat and we got one. If changes need to be made again, they will be.

I’m not one to make wholesale changes but players have to take an element of responsiblity for performances and if they’re not at the levels that we want, they won’t feature.

On Saturday, we missed a trick at Grantham.

We looked the better side for a good period of the game and then in the second half we haven’t turned up.

A number of performances weren’t right on the afternoon and we made the changes we needed to on Monday.

We saw a marked improvement and put a stop to the rot that was creeping in.

That being said, our levels were not quite where they want to be, but it is a start. On another day, we’d have won the game, but with the chances that they had, the same applies to Workington.

We’ll look to use Monday’s draw as a platform to build on going into the cup tie against Penistone Church this weekend.

We know that it will be a tough test. We’re going into the unknown in terms of our opponents and the facilities.

With that, it is up to us to do a professional job. A win can provide a springboard for us to push on in the league and move towards where we want to be, the top half of the division.