Whitby Town Football Club

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Hardy wants Whitby to go out and ‘show our character’

Whitby Town will host Stafford Rangers this Saturday at the Turnbull Ground to finish off a run of three games in just seven days, as the Blues try to secure six points from an available nine.

The Blues were victorious last Saturday when they hosted Marine before suffering defeat on their travels on Tuesday as Whitby lost 1-0 to promotion-chasing Warrington Town.

Whitby are going into this Saturday’s game with goalkeeper Jack Norton available, however, midfielder Adam Gell will be assessed ahead of this weekends clash.

Whitby manager Chris Hardy has seen his side enjoy a rich vein of form over the past seven games and hopes his side can bounce back after Tuesday’s defeat.

Hardy said: “Obviously we are looking to bounce back, I think that our opponents will be tough opposition.

“But we need to now go out there on Saturday and show our character and improve from Tuesday.”

After winning five of the last seven games Whitby has secured their place in the middle of the table and Hardy is proud of his team but admits they performed below standard in Tuesday’s defeat.

Hardy said: “Definitely proud, we were crying out for that run of form all season, we finally arrived at the consistency we were after, this was across a number of good performances.

“Tuesday night we applied ourselves well and made it a very close game, but truth be told we, unfortunately, lacked the quality to get more out of the game.”

With just four games left of the season and the club completely safe Hardy believes he and his side have an advantage of being able to test theories ahead of next season.

“Obviously we are aiming to finish as high as possible, as that will be our starting point for next season, every point is an important point.

“It gives us the opportunity to look at multiple scenarios, which if we were in a relegation or promotion battle we couldn’t do.

“So we can now take a look at different scenarios which may come into play next season,” Hardy added.