In yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Grantham Town at the Turnbull Ground, left-back, Daniel McWilliams made his return to the Whitby Town side, completing 90 minutes.
McWilliams has had a tough season so far, being ruled out for several months through injury so he must have been relieved to have made it through this game unscathed.
This was also pleasing for the manager to see, and he now looks set to have a full squad to choose from going into next Saturday’s match at Hyde United.
“Dan will sort himself out even more with game time,” said Hardy.
“He’s got himself through 90-plus minutes this afternoon, albeit with a little bit of cramp towards the end, which is only natural when you’ve been out.
“He’ll only improve with the more games that he plays which is good for the team and from a management point of view to give us options.”
Prior to kick-off, the Blues had a wretched recent record against Grantham, a record that was summed up earlier in the campaign as the Seasiders let a two goal lead slip to go down 3-2.
Following yesterday’s victory, Chris Hardy was rightfully pleased that his side finally managed to break the hoodoo against the Gingerbreads.
“I have to be relieved after that,” Hardy admitted.
“I’m really pleased with the result, and it was all very positive. It was a little bit nervy towards the end and we probably should have been out of sight before gifting them a way back into the match.
“When it goes to 2-1, it always creates a nervy approach from the leading team and the minute shifts, and that happened at times.”
In a dominant first half, Whitby made the most of some slack defending from the away side as they scored from two corners in quick succession.
And Hardy admitted that his side weren’t particularly brilliant in open play, however their use of creating dangerous situations from set pieces was pleasing.
“Our first half set pieces were dangerous,” Hardy said.
“Our players made good runs which was really pleasing to see. Again, we knew we had to play to the conditions. They were very different to last week but still difficult.
“Overall, I would side that we dictated the game in key moments. It maybe would have been a buffer for us had Dale Hopson scored his penalty but he’ll move on from that.”
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