Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Hardy believes recent results ‘will make for a difficult game’

Chris Hardy will have a clean bill of health for this Saturday, with the Seasiders hosting Grantham Town at the Turnbull Ground.

However, he will have to do without Jassem Sukar, who will serve the final game of a two-match suspension after picking up a red card at South Shields.

The Blues go into the game on the back of a 1-1 home draw with Lancaster City in difficult conditions last weekend.

Leon Scott cancelled out Matthew Blinkhorn’s opener with a 25-yard curling effort to earn Whitby a point against the relegation-battling Dolly Blues.

Looking back on the draw, Hardy admitted it was not the greatest display from his side, but believes refereeing decision may have cost the Blues three points.

He said; “It was a difficult game in very difficult conditions with a tough pitch and a strong wind.

“That being said neither of the two sides deserved to win, it was two poor sides, so there is no complaint from me about the outcome.

“But when you look back at the decisions made, it was a result which should have gone our way.”

This weeks guests, Grantham Town, were on a run of three defeats conceding 10 goals and not managing to find the net before facing South Shields this past Tuesday. The Gingerbreads emerged as surprise victors against title-chasing Shields.

It was debutant Jordan Adebayo-Smith who stole the show grabbing two goals, after making a loan switch from League Two side Lincoln City. Helping new management duo Paul Rawden and Russell Collins secure the first win of their reign.

However, Hardy has already worked on getting an idea of what the player is about, speaking to the South Shields management team.

“I’ve spoken to Graham (Smith) and he said Adebayo-Smith caused there defence a lot of problems,” the Blues manager said.

Going into this weekend against Grantham, Hardy is confident his side can lift the omen of them being unable to beat Grantham.

Hardy said; “It is possible, in football, everyone gets bogey teams.

“There is not a lot between the two sides, and they are coming into this game on the back of a good result against South Shields, whereas we are coming into this on the back of a poor result against Lancaster.

“It will make for a difficult game.”