Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Hardy – ‘We’re looking for a good summer’

Chris Hardy says that focus can now turn to what he hopes will be a busy summer following the conclusion of the league campaign yesterday afternoon.

Initiatives such as the 1926 Club Players Fund were introduced by our new Chairman, Eddie McNamee earlier this season and this has helped to turn the club around drastically.

And Hardy now wants to build on the current squad in an aim of challenging towards the top end of the Evo-Stik League Premier table.

“Plans are ongoing,” Hardy revelealed.

“We’re looking for a good summer with lots of funds. We’ll be working with the current group and improving the group so it should be a busy summer.

“It needs to be a busy summer and we need to sort one or two things out. When we had a good run a few weeks back, I think the boys got a little too excited.”

Reflecting on the season’s climax, the Blues’ manager was disappointed with how the campaign has finished following on from those three successive wins.

Hardy had previously spoken about finishing as strongly as possible so will likely be frustrated with the manner in which the season came to a close.

“Unfortunately we’ve been off the pace at the back end of the season,” Hardy stated.

“When you look at the game (against Lancaster) there wasn’t a lot between the two sides. There were chances at both ends and I don’t think there was an awful lot of difference.

“Having said that, our quality in the final third could have been better and should have been better and that had an outcome in terms of the games result.”

Nor for the first time this season, the Seasiders’ boss was found discussing the fine margins that could have changed the game in his team’s favour.

An example came in the first half when Ashley Coffey missed from close range. Had that chance have been scored, Whitby could have perhaps gone on to win the game.

“Like I said, there wasn’t an awful lot of difference between the two sides,” said Hardy.

“Going forward, we’d like to think that we could make more of a fist of these matches. We certainly feel that we had more control over the game.

“We certainly had a better end product a few weeks ago but sadly we seem to have lost that intensity and end product which is disappointing but we’re trying to take some positives from the back end of the season.”

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