By Liam Ryder
Chris Hardy was left ’embarrassed’ by his sides’ performance, particularly in the second half, against Grantham Town at the Turnbull Ground last night.
One of the main disappointments for the Blues’ boss was the fact that his side put up a strong first half performance against the high-flying Gingerbreads but in the second half the Seasiders appeared to let their heads drop, eventually going down 5-1.
“Take nothing away from Grantham, they’re one of the better sides we’ve faced this season. We were buoyant to go in 1-1 at half time and we were confident we could get something from the game.
The second 45 was just as horror show. We didn’t seem to do the basics. We seemed to get destroyed down both flanks time and time again which meant the centre-halves were getting isolated and it got progressively worse. I can only apologise.”
Hardy tried to take some positives from his sides’ first half performance going into Saturday’s trip to face Marine in their last away trip of the season but in the end, the second half capitulation was too much to realise the positives.
Also thinking ahead to next season, Hardy was keen to express how some of his current squad are not helping themselves get into his plans for 2018/19 campaign.
“They’re not playing for places now, it’s for futures. There’s no way that I’ll be signing on for another season of that. That’s just not acceptable at any level.
I’ve never been involved in this type of situation. This will not continue. If the players that we put out there cannot deliver a performance that we expect and are looking for then Whitby Town is not the club for them.”
You can watch Chris Hardy’s post-Grantham interview with Paul Connolly over on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.