Chris Hardy was delighted for with the overall team performance of his side as they defeated North Ferriby United 6-1, but was particularly pleased for Ashley Coffey, who scored a hat-trick.
Coffey joined the Blues from Marske United during the summer, however the early month’s of his Whitby Town career were plagued by injury.
The striker scored in the North Riding Senior Cup victory against Grangetown Boys Club, and yesterday registered his first goals in the Evo-Stik Premier.
“If you’re going to announce yourself to the club, why not do it with a hat-trick,” said a jubilant Hardy.
“I’m really pleased for him. He’ll grow and develop on the back of that. He’ll only gain more confidence from that. I hope that we’ll see a similar performance from Ash against South Shields.
“The first goal was exciting from the whole team. It was a great through ball by Callum Patton, and a great finish by Ash, and there was some good build-up play.”
The Blues’ manager had stressed pre-match about the importance of not becoming complacent against a side who have struggled for points all season long and are set for a third straight relegation.
And just as Hardy demanded, the Seasiders played in a stylish and professional manner to gain all three points on a chilly afternoon at the Turnbull Ground.
“I am delighted with that,” said Hardy.
“Obviously it’s important putting three more points on the board. It was great to score as many goals as we did, and we scored some good ones today.
“All in all, it was a good afternoon’s work. I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to hold on for a clean sheet, but I feel that a refereeing decision leading up to the goal was a poor decision.”
Despite being unable to hold out for the clean sheet, something which would have taken the Blues’ goal difference into positive figures, the boss was overally happy with the day’s work.
On a day where everything fell into place, it was evident that complacency wasn’t an issue for the team, however Hardy was eager to make sure that his player’s knew about the dangers before the match.
“Complacency could have been our Achilles Heel,” Hardy stated.
“We got into our stride well in the first 45. We moved the ball about well, and got key players on the ball, made good patterns in play which gave us a good score going into the interval.
“We knew that the second half would just be a matter of making sure that we kept up our good habits to see the job through, which we did well.”