Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Blues looking to get on track in Bamber Bridge visit

Whitby Town will look to arrest their run of four straight defeats on Saturday as Bamber Bridge visit the Turnbull Ground.

The Seasiders lost out on Monday night to one of the division’s early pace-setters, Basford United, being made once again to rue missed chances.

However, Blues boss Chris Hardy is looking for his side to right their wrongs and is confident if his side continues to play the level of football they showed at Grantham and Basford, they will start to get results.

“Obviously we are looking to right our wrongs, in previous games, we have fallen short,” Hardy told whitby-town.com.

“We played some of our best football against Grantham but couldn’t hold on.

“Monday was difficult, but Basford are our best opponents to date.

“We are not going into Saturday with a poor mentality if we keep playing to the same standard as shown we will get results.”

Last weekend saw Hardy’s side suffer two defeats in three days but there were positives to take from the matches for the Blues manager.

“We played them off the park for the first 45 minutes, we could have been three, four or even five up at the break,” Hardy added.

“Grantham’s manager said to me at the end of the game he didn’t know how Grantham won that match.”

The Seasiders are going into this weekend’s game with more things in their favour than last weekend, with Hardy believing that his side will switch up how they approach the game mentally.

“We went into last weekend as underdogs which creates its own mentality, this Saturday will be a different mentality,” he continued.

“We had less time to prepare for Monday, but this weekend we have the extra time to prepare and recover, so hopefully that will work in our favour.”

Whitby went into Monday’s match with Basford with both Adam McHugh (back) and Jack Norton (gout) missing, meaning Daniel Dixon had to deputise.

While the pair both remain doubts for the visit of Bamber Bridge, Hardy will be hoping to have at least one available to call upon.

Other injury worries for the Seasiders include Kieran Weledji, who grabbed an assist in the right-wing back role at Grantham last weekend, and David McTiernan, who is looking to get over an ankle injury sustained against Witton Albion earlier in the season.

Ashley Coffey (knee) and Greg Rutherford (achilles), however, remain sidelined and will not be featuring in the matchday squad.