CHRIS HARDY: We're ready to draw a line under this season

Whitby Town review with Chris Hardy
Whitby Town review with Chris Hardy

It has been a very long season for everyone connected with Whitby Town Football Club.

I can’t stress enough just how disappointing a season it has been for all of us, not just me.

We have to draw a line under it after Saturday’s home game against Buxton and quickly shift our focus to making sure we improve for next season.

Planning for next season started weeks ago and as soon as the final whistle goes on Saturday, it will increase.

I’ve spoken to all of our contracted players, most who have been offered new terms, and I’m expecting to start getting some answers soon.

I’ll be sitting down with the rest of the squad too as we look to put our squad together for the 2018/19 campaign.

I’ll go on record after Saturday when we dish out our end-of-season awards, thanking everyone connected with the club for their efforts over the course of the season.

It’s been incredibly tough for everyone, not just me.

We have had to stick together. The management, staff, players and fans, and we’ve just about managed that.

We had a busy week leading up to Saturday’s final game of the season.

First up we hosted Grantham at the Turnbull on Thursday night.

We started well and the first 45 we were right in the game.

After that, sadly, we capitulated and conceded some really soft goals, which has unfortunately been the case on too many occasions this season.

It looked like we were really going to be up against it heading into a game at Marine just over a day later.

But the lads really put a shift in and we were deserved winners in the end.

We really should’ve picked up three points against Rushall on Tuesday night as well.

To go 2-0 up at home and then lose 3-2 is bitterly disappointing.

Hopefully we can finish on a relative high with a win against Buxton.