By Paul Connolly
Blues boss Chris Hardy believed his side deserved to pick up three points, after they battled their way to a dramatic 2-1 win over promotion rivals Spennymoor Town.
Mikey Roberts’ 93rd minute strike was enough to seal maximum points for Whitby, lifting them to within just a place of the play-off spots in the process.
As well as being pleased with the victory, though, Hardy was also happy with the manner in which his side reacted to their previous two defeats on home soil.
“When you look at the last couple of weeks, disappointment was in and around the football club, so we’re delighted,” Hardy told whitby-town.com.
“Spennymoor are play-off rivals and it was a derby-type game, so to win the game in the fashion that we did was excellent.
“I thought it was what the boys deserved. In the first 45 we showed some real quality on the front foot.
“In the second 45 we had to dig in a little bit more and be a bit more resilient. The boys did that and something has fallen to us at the back end.
“They’re a good side with good qualities, but I thought we were the better side on the evening.”
Roberts’ strike late in the game came on the back of a four-month goalless spell for the Seasiders and the Blues boss was delighted to see his frontman get back amongst the action.
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“It was nice to see him put the ninety minutes plus in and get the winner,” Hardy added.
“There were a few permutations involved in terms of defenders sliding about and a post approaching but somehow it’s found the back of the net.
“There’s no looking back from that, at the stage of the game when he’s scored the goal.”
To hear Chris Hardy’s full post-match interview, click HERE.