Chris Hardy is eager to review a key decision in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Lancaster City at the Turnbull Ground, a decision that if proved wrong could have changed the result.
Midway through the first half, the Seasiders looked to have opened the scoring with an excellent team move, eventually finished off by Callum Patton.
However, the celebrations were short lived when the linesman’s flag was raised for offside, something of which the Patton and Hardy weren’t happy with.
“When you see things like that in real time, the player is usually coming from behind the ball,” Hardy stated.
“Personally, I think it’s questionable as to why that was chalked off. It’s something that we’ll have to look back at on the match highlights.
“There was another occasion where Dale Hopson was through on goal and goes to the ground. There was clearly contact but the referee decides to wave that one away.”
Reviewing the game as a whole, Hardy knew that it certainly “wasn’t one for the purest” in what were tricky conditions on a difficult pitch.
Thanks to Eric Wilson’s heroic efforts, the game went ahead as planned, however there was nothing that could be done about the strong winds which played havoc for both sides.
“The playing conditions were very difficult,” Hardy admitted.
“With the pitch and the wind, it was always going to be a hard game. I also don’t think that there were good sides on show today which made for a scrappy game of football.
“With the wind on our side in the first half, we didn’t show enough quality to use it to our advantage. We were fortunate to get ourselves level before half time and I do think that there was a good reaction in the second 45.”
With the reaction from Whitby in the second half, the game also became much more open with end to end action throughout the second period of play.
There was a lot more goal mouth action which led to a much better game for the neutral, albeit with both sides living dangerously throughout.
“It was like a game of basketball at times,” said Hardy.
“It was often counter attack after counter attack which wasn’t ideal if we’re hoping to have a lengthy spell of our own play. To be honest, the whole afternoon wasn’t ideal.
“Given the circumstances, I’m really pleased to come away with a point, plus we’ve erased the memory of the South Shields game two weeks ago.”
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