Shields fans were a credit to their club

Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy's column
Whitby Town boss Chris Hardy's column

South Shields brought a great following down to the Turnbull Ground with them on Saturday, and I have to say they were a credit to their club.

While it felt very Shields dominated in the stands, it made for a proper football match, a real occasion.

I personally love games like that and I know the players do to.

We’ve had that with both the Scarborough games and now this game and I relish days like that as a manager.

While I was impressed with the away fans, I have to say I didn’t think their team were as impressive.

We played Shields pre-season game last year and they were a real slick side who looked the real deal.

I thought we competed for large parts on Saturday - despite the disgusting conditions.

Were we in the game long enough to have deserved a point? Probably yes.

Were we clinical enough in the big moments in the game? Absolutely not.

I don’t think we’re playing badly at the moment, but we’re not capitalising on the key moments in matches - whether that be a striker finishing off a team move, a midfielder arriving late in the box or our final ball being right.

I have to say though, the wind was a really leveller on Saturday, especially in the second half when we played into it and it seemed to get even worse.

We now go into a prolonged spell of rest now without a game this weekend, we’ll look to set up a friendly to keep the boys ticking over.