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Blues captain Hopson ‘felt as if it was one of those days’

Whitby Town captain Dale Hopson thought it may not have been his day this past Tuesday as the Blues travelled to Stalybridge before a late Matthew Tymon goal improved the midfielders mood.

Hopson was responsible for ensuring himself, David McTiernan and Leon Scott made it to the game on time after travelling as a group rather than using the team coach but with his car losing all power on the A1, it was down to the team bus to pick up the stranded players.

Hopson may have thought his bad luck was over but with the game goalless Whitby won a penalty in the 69th minute as Hopson is brought down. The Blues captain steps up as usual but misses as his penalty strikes the post.

However, with just five minutes to go Jassem Suker was able to find Tymon at the back post to give Whitby all three points and secure back to back away wins in just four days.

On the back of three wins in four and a late Bradley Fewster goal this past Saturday at Mickleover, the Blues travelled to Stalybridge feeling confident, but for Hopson, Scott and McTiernan the trip did not go to plan.

Hopson said: “It was a nightmare, we’d just got onto the A1 and suddenly the car had no power, I could only go about 20 or 30mph.

“So Macca (David McTiernan) had to ring the team bus to come to pick us up on their way.”

So after an unordinary journey to Stalybridge Hopson may have hoped his luck would turn around on the pitch, but after failing to convert from 12-yards the Blues captain felt that it just was not his day.

Hopson recalled: “I felt as if it was just one of those days, everyone knows that feeling when it’s not your day it’s really not your day.

“I watched the keeper dive and that’s the worst part.”

Despite the captain’s misfortune throughout the day, Whitby did claim all three points and secured their fourth win in five games and Hopson ironically believes this could be down to his sides luck changing.

“We’ve had luck on our side recently, in a few games the luck has gone our way which didn’t happen before.

“Also the good results mean more confidence in the changing room, all the lads have more confidence and the whole place has a better atmosphere.

“We always want to win as many as possible regardless of our league position, we do our best for the team,” Hopson added.

With the Blues on their best run of form this season, Hopson is confident going into this Saturday’s game as Whitby host Marine at the Turnbull Ground.

Hopson said: “All the teams are hard to face in this league but hopefully, we can get the win, I know I am confident and I hope all the lads are full of confidence.

“Maybe we can get some early goals this time.”