Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Hardy – ‘Our defence is looking really sound’

Chris Hardy has praised the quality of his Whitby Town defence following another impressive performance in yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Marine.

Despite the Blues going 1-0 down at the Turnbull Ground, the Blues came back to claim their third consecutive victory, adding the the wins over Mickleover Sports and Stalybridge Celtic on the road.

The especially pleasing aspect of this run of form has been the manner in which Hardy’s men have looked solid at the back, something which the manager was keen to point out.

“For a number of games now, the boys at the back have been sound,” said Hardy.

“They’ve been really, really good, heading and kicking everything and they recover quickly. It has to be hats off to Kieran (Weledji), Alex (White) and Dan (Rowe) because they put a shift in every week.

“We also seem better across the whole pitch, moving the ball around and creating a lot more offensive opportunities on the back of that.”

Due to the impressive team performance, Hardy was jubilant with securing three victories in a row and it is form that the Seasiders have been searching for all season.

In fact, the Blues have now won five of their last six matches, the only defeat coming against Workington, but the fact that Whitby are now picking up more points is extremely pleasing for the gaffer.

“The points tally is very important over the last few games,” Hardy said.

“The performance levels have been good and the belief is starting to come around. I though that we thoroughly deserved to win this game.

“We seemed to manage the game very efficiently, both defensively and offensively. I’m really pleased with this result and the performance.”

As well as the defence playing a key role in this victory, Chris Hardy was also pleased with the way in which the midfield and defence linked up.

The trio of Dale Hopson, Adam Gell and Callum Patton created multiple opportunities for the front two of Matthew Tymon and Bradley Fewster to get in behind the Merseysider’s defence.

“Our attackers are complimented well,” Hardy stated.

“Our midfield supports our offensive play well which is really pleasing at the moment. They helped to create opportunities throughout the match.

“Giving Dale (Hopson) a mention, his goal was like watching the player we had a few seasons ago when he was doing that week in, week out.”

Follow this link to watch Chris Hardy’s post-match interview with Paul Connolly.