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Hardy remaining focused as Barwell roll into town

Blues boss Chris Hardy is fully aware of the challenges that Barwell will pose when they visit the Turnbull Ground, on Saturday.

Hardy remaining focused

Blues boss Chris Hardy is fully aware of the challenges that Barwell will pose when they visit the Turnbull Ground, on Saturday.

The Leicestershire visitors head into the game on the back of a 4-1 victory at home to Ashton United, last weekend. The Seasiders also won by the same margin in a clinical display at Marine, in their last outing.

Whitby ran out 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture, in October, but the manager believes that the task will be just as tough on home turf.

“There are no easy games at this level, as we know,” Hardy said.

“Barwell are a combative side. They’ve got good boys in forward areas and the midfield is on its game.

“If we’re not going about our business in the right manner, it’ll make for a long afternoon.

“We’ve got important games coming up, but the focus is purely on this one. We need to keep our momentum going and the points tallying up.”

The ex-Guisborough Town man has also remained his training focus on taking chances throughout the course of this week, after Saturday’s 4-1 hammering of Marine, and believes that it’s giving his side more confidence.

“We’ve spoken to the lads and said that we’re normally constructive in our criticism,” Hardy added.

“This week, however, we’ve pointed out that we need to try and recreate the things that we did on Saturday, such as the high press and the taking of chances.

“We’re doing more to complement Saturday and give the boys a bit of belief that that’s how we should be approaching games.

Top goalscorer Dale Hopson missed out again on Saturday afternoon, due to an ear infection, but in in contention for a recall to the starting line-up.

Hopson, who has netted on 19 occasions this season, may struggle to get straight back into the side, after impressive performances from Adam Gell, David McTiernan and David Carson.

“Saturday was a top quality performance from the boys,” Hardy said.

“If we can put performances in that mean Dale Hopson has to stay patient and wait for his return, it’s a testament to the side.

“However, there is no escaping the fact that Dale is first class; this side will only benefit from having Dale Hopson in the side.”

To hear more from Chris Hardy ahead of Saturday’s clash with Marine, tune in to the Codcast on Whitby Town Radio, on Friday night.