Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Blues ready for new era as Sports visit

Whitby Town will welcome in a new era at the Turnbull Ground on Saturday as Mickleover Sports visit the Turnbull Ground.

The Blues go into the game on the back of a history-changing week for the club, with Graham Manser stepping down as chairman after thirty years with the club.

Whitby managed to stick to the task in hand though and picked up four points out of six in two away games.

This weekend sees the Blues return to action at the Turnbull Ground against 17th-placed Mickleover Sports, and while Hardy is happy with recent performances and to be back at home, he won’t take anything for granted.

“I’ve gone on record before saying how difficult getting results on the road is, so to take four from six is excellent,” He told whitby-town.com.

“We tend to prefer to play in our own back-yard rather than our opponents.

“This is an ultra-competitive league unless you are performing you won’t get anything in this league if you have an off-day you’ll get turned over.

“There is no easy fixture, them being below us means nothing.

“The majority of teams in this league morph into one another, they are aggressive, powerful and put you under pressure in situations you wouldn’t expect pressure to come from.”

Jack Norton is expected to return this weekend for the Seasiders after a lay-off with gout.

Chris Hardy, however, will again be without Greg Rutherford (achilles), Ashley Coffey (knee) and Alex White (hamstring) as they continue to recover from their respective injuries.

It was a busy week both on and off the pitch, as the Blues saw Chairman Graham Manser step down after 30 years of duty, due to personal circumstances, and Hardy was keen to pay respects to a man he has worked closely with over the past three years.

“To commit to a hobby for 30 years and to the see, the club maintains a high league level and be competitive is a testament to Graham as a man,” he added.

“The timing is right, due to his own circumstances, but I’m pleased to still have him involved as he’s always done a great job.

“There hasn’t been and won’t ever be a better servant to the club.”

Eddie McNamee is the man who is taking over the role, and Hardy is excited to be working with McNamee and believed he was the obvious choice to be Chairman.

“We need proper football people at the club and Eddie is exactly that, everything he does is for the good of the club.

“Eddie will look to put his own stamp on the club and we just all need to embrace it.”