A disappointing night in Leeds for Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy was disappointed last night as Whitby Town finally played Yorkshire rivals, Farsley Celtic, at Throstle Nest after Easter Monday's dreadful weather.

A disappointing night in Leeds for Chris Hardy

By Liam Ryder

Chris Hardy has shown disappointment towards his sides’ performance against Farsley Celtic at Throstle Nest last night, in the Yorkshire derby.

“Disappointment is the word to use. Given the fact that in the first 45 there wasn’t a lot in it and both sides put a lot into it to make a good game of football. In the second half, we thought that we had an opportunity to find gears and to do more in the game offensively.

We encouraged things that we’ve seen recently in attack but defensively we weren’t good enough. Goals two and three were very poor and in quick succession. When you’re 3-0 up and you’re a side looking to get into the play-offs, it then became very obvious of league positions and in the end we’ve let the game get away from us.”

Chris Hardy did, however, have to accept the quality of Farsley’s fourth goal, a long range, looping strike over the head of Jack Norton.

“It was a good goal, I thought Jack had saved it. It was a good strike and fair play to the lad and it was just the icing on the cake really.”

The Blues boss is aware of the importance of a reaction going into tomorrow’s game at Hurst Cross against Ashton United.

“We are safe now but we are looking up to try and get the boys in a mindset that we can get more points on the board and finish as high as we can. Today, that didn’t look likely. It has to be better on Saturday and I’m sure it will be.

When I look at the 90 minutes, I see a lot of positives but goals two and three took all the wind of out of our sails and made it a non-contest so we need to do better to prevent that type of goal.”

Hardy was also unhappy with the lack of attacking play his side created, most of those falling to Matty Tymon from long range.

“In the first 45, as much as we were compact, we were competitive but didn’t do enough offensively. I thought that would change in the second 45, we discussed it but their goals took the wind out of our sails.

Offensively, that has to be one of our aims to improve. We didn’t create enough opportunities, we didn’t look like scoring this evening and that has to be another disappointing aspect tonight.”

One positive to the evening was the performance of debutant, Jassem Sukar. The former Sunderland and Dundee United man had struggled to find games ahead of his move to the Seasiders.

“He did okay. It was a solid performance. I think that the two centre forwards for them came into the game more in the second half and made hard work for our two centre halves.

Obviously it was Jass’ first game in a number of months so he’ll get better with games. He looks like a good talent and can play a big role around the football club.”

Blues fans also saw the introduction of Australian attacker, Dan Gathercole, who was brought on late on in the game as a substitute.

“It was difficult for Dan, especially at 3-0 when he came on. He put a lot of effort in but he didn’t really get any opportunities to get working the keeper.

But as I say, there was a lot of effort there, a lot of endeavour but the circumstances perhaps weren’t right for him to benefit this evening.”

You can watch Chris Hardy’s post-Farsley interview with Paul Connolly over on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.