Whitby Town are set to host Basford United this weekend at the Turnbull Ground, and new signing Bradley Fewster is set to go straight into the squad.
Whitby are going into the game with one new man and one man out as Cameron Wilson has joined Billingham Synthonia on a dual-registration deal.
Apart from the signings, Whitby have a clean bill of health going into the game with no issues with fitness or injury.
Coming into the game Whitby suffered a heavy defeat away at Hyde last weekend and Hardy admits that his side was simply not good enough.
Hardy said: “We’ve had a discussion and with all said and done we were not good enough in both boxes, we missed chances one end and gave away sloppy goals at the other.”
Whitby have already met Basford earlier in the season and left Greenwich Avenue having suffered a 2-0 defeat, and manager Chris Hardy is expecting a difficult game from the play-off contenders.
Hardy said: “We have already had an insight on Basford from earlier this season, and on the day they deserved the win.
“Every week we go into the game hoping to have a competitive edge, but Basford will bring that and maybe more.
“They are a good side, they have a lot of key players in key areas which is going to make for a very difficult task.”
Big news for Whitby coming into this game is the signing of Fewster, the former Middlesbrough striker, who scored five goals in seven appearances for England U19s, signed for the Blues on a contract that will run until the end of the 2019-20 season.
Hardy said: “He’s a goalscorer, a young proven goalscorer, which are quite difficult to come across, he’s hungry and ticks a lot of boxes.
“What he does is add something different to what we have, I’ve described him as a fox in the box, he’s got a real eye for goal and he likes to be in and around the box.
“We have strikers who want to run in behind, we have target-men but he adds something different, he looks to score with any part of his body, he’s happy to toe-punting in the box.
“We just need to get him settled and get him on the park and firing, he’s the man that can get 20 or 25 goals a season.”
With the player of the month award coming up Hardy gave his views on what looks to be a close contest after a month of solid performances.
“Looking back at the month gone by, there was a number of solid performances and solid performers but was no one comes to mind as outstanding, it’s a difficult one, but for me, a worthy contender would be Adam gell, he’s been really consistent and he has done everything we expect of him.”