Chris Hardy was in shock at how his side fell to defeat at Grantham Town yesterday afternoon, after the Seasiders let a two goal lead slip to fall 3-2 at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.
Two early goals got the Blues off to the perfect start with a Dale Hopson penalty and Adam Gell’s well-taken chance giving Hardy’s men what looked to be a comfortable lead.
A goal on half-time gave the Gingerbreads hope which carried into the second half, the result being confirmed late on when Tom Siddons scored from close range in stoppage time.
“It’s disappointing to concede that late in any game,” said a frustrated Hardy.
“We were fairly dominant today and should have been out of sight by half time. It’s bitterly disappointing as I thought we played Grantham off the park in the first half.
“There was some really positive, bright football and somehow they’ve managed to get themselves back into the game with a 2-1 half time score.”
One element of the match which particularly upset the Blues manager was the fact that his side managed to lose the tie after such a dominant first half.
Whitby’s two goal lead should have made them untouchable, especially considering that they had chances to score even more on the afternoon.
“It was probably as good a half as we’ve played,” Hardy believes.
“I wouldn’t say it was the best half we’ve ever played but was dominant and inventive. We were bright in what we were doing and it was a great platform going forward.
“We’ve done the usual thing which is conceding a certain type of goal which has eventually given them the crucial lead. We, ourselves could have made it 3-0 though when we hit the post.”
As Hardy already mentioned, the defending from his side was of a poor standard and he was keen to expand on the details of where his side are going wrong at the back.
It has appeared to be a recurring theme in recent matches where most goals conceded by the Seasiders should be easily avoidable.
“We haven’t defended as well as we could’ve done,” Hardy admitted.
“That counts for the whole team, not just the defenders. The midfielders and attackers could have perhaps tried to defend better from the front.
“However, I can’t believe that it’s allowed for a centre-half to take a whack to face and then be forced to the sidelines. He then isn’t allowed back on until the ball has gone out of play which obviously gives them a numerical advantage. It was like torture.”
Watch Chris Hardy’s post-Grantham Town interview on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.