Chris Hardy has admitted that yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Bamber Bridge at the Turnbull Ground was not a vintage performance by his side, but he is happy to have all three points on offer.
The Seasiders came into the clash following four straight defeats meaning that there was a lot of emphasis to get back to winning ways in the tie yesterday afternoon.
Whitby came out the blocks flying with Junior Mondal opening the scoring with only four minutes on the clock. The visitors responded before half-time but the Blues took the win with a Dale Hopson penalty proving decisive.
“It wasn’t vintage,” Hardy stated.
“We did manage to get over the finish line. We have played a lot better than that and lost games of football. There should be a lot of credit to the boys because other than the opening minutes, we were getting dominated in the first half.
“There was no sign of us winning first or second balls. We re-grouped at half-time and in the second half we made a much better fist of it and on the back of that, we made the game more competitive.”
One pleasing aspect of the first half was the energy shown by Whitby, work which also resulted in the opening goal of the game with Junior Mondal latching onto Dale Hopson’s through ball.
This looked to give the hosts an early incentive to push on, however this wasn’t to be the case with a hard-fought victory being the eventual outcome.
“That opening goal was something we’ve worked on in training,” admitted Hardy.
“We talked about Dale getting between the lines and Junior holding his runs until the last minute. The move was textbook and I was really pleased with that.
“It was slightly disappointing that we couldn’t capitalise but something needs to be said about our opponents. They were good opponents today.”
The Seasiders could also consider themselves lucky with Bamber Bridge hitting the woodwork three times over the course of the match.
This element to proceedings possibly made the victory feel even better for Chris Hardy who believed that his side rode their luck at times.
“We just have to take it,” said Hardy.
“You look at last week and we hit the woodwork ourselves. Today it was at the other end so it swings in roundabouts. Whatever the situation, you take it.
“There was a real need for us to be competitive. We were never going to blow away our opponents; they were good today. We just had to make sure that we stayed in the game.”
Watch Chris Hardy’s post-Bamber Bridge interview on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.