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Hardy pleased to get off to a winning start

Whitby Town manager Chris Hardy showed his relief to see his side get off the mark on the opening weekend of the season against Buxton.

The Seasiders were part of what appeared to be a game of two halves with themselves dominating proceedings in the first half, only for this to be reversed in the second period as the visitors provided a stern test.

The Blues’ boss highlighted the importance of the victory after seeing his side come under high amounts of pressure in the second half.

“I’m over the moon to get three points on the board,” Hardy said.

“We came under a lot of scrutiny in the second 45 so the get over the finish line and get off the mark with three points on the board, I’m delighted with that.

“We created plenty of chances in the first 45, Greg (Rutherford) maybe could have done better with his header. We still created chances in the second half and we could have had a couple of goals. We showed character to deal with the expected response.”

The game could also have been viewed by Hardy as preparation for what is to come this season with him considering Buxton to be a side typical of the Evo-Stik Premier.

The tactical changes by the midlands side in the second half were deemed an excellent preview of what Whitby can expect over the next eight months.

“They’re direct in what they do,” Hardy admitted.

“It can be a throw or a set-play but they’re always asking questions so we needed to stand up to that and I though we did for the most part.

“On a different day, the outcome could have been very different so we had to put our bodies on the line. Alex White, in particular did that. He did well and made some incisive interceptions.”

As well as the performance being pleasing on Saturday, Hardy was also delighted to see the returning Adam Gell performing well and getting himself on the score sheet.

The downside for the home side was the experienced Lee Bullock having to go off injured. The ex-York and Bradford City man performed well in pre-season but unfortunately for him, he was forced off in the second half due to a leg injury.

“I thought Adam Gell was exceptional in the first half,” said the happy Whitby manager.

“He tired towards the end but he took his goal well. We’ve worked on the counter-attack in training. Junior Mondal broke well and Adam tucked it away brilliantly into the top corner.

“It’s a blow about Lee Bullock. He’s been involved throughout pre-season. We know the qualities he brings to the side but unfortunately for him, given his age and past injuries, it doesn’t look good.”

Watch Chris Hardy’s post-Buxton interview with Paul Connolly over on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.