Hardy praises Blues' fight

Chris Hardy gives his reaction to Saturday's 0-0 draw at Keys Park

Hardy pleased with Blues’ battling qualities

By Paul Connolly

Seasiders boss Chris Hardy has praised his side for the qualities they showed as they earned a 0-0 draw at in-form Hednesford Town to stretch their away unbeaten run to five games.

The Pitmen had won four of their last five heading into the fixture and looked as though they could be at their best right from the outset, with Charlie Gatter striking the post just three minutes into the game.

Whitby regrouped quickly however and earned another vital point at the bottom end of the division. Hardy, however, still felt a slight disappointment despite the result and his team’s display.

“I was pleased with a point, and pleased with the performance,” the Blues boss said.

“I was maybe a bit disappointed to have not taken all three points. As the game has panned out, there was nothing in it. It was two very evenly matched sides.

“I thought Hednesford were a good side. They were very able on the ball, they had some good players and we matched that.

“I think that’s a testament to the boys. They had players that can affect the game. But, we won all our battles, which was important and necessary if we were to get anything from the game.

“In the end, the better chances fell to ourselves and with a little bit more composure we could have come away with the win.”

Since losing 5-0 to Lancaster City, the Blues have embarked on a three-game unbeaten run, getting three draws at promotion-chasing Shaw Lane, fellow strugglers Rushall Olympic and Hednesford Town respectively.

The Seasiders’ manager believes that his side’s hard work since that defeat is coming to fruition ahead of the visit of Halesowen Town on Saturday.

“There’s been a lot of hard work,” Hardy added.

“The boys put it on the line, and have done over recent weeks. There’s been a lot of work on the training ground.

“We know that Lancaster wasn’t acceptable. We know it as a group and as a management team but hopefully we’ve gone some way to erasing that.”

To hear Chris Hardy’s full post-match interview with Paul Connolly, click here.