Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Hardy wants to ‘use any margins in our favour’

Whitby Town go into a trip to Buxton full of confidence after a huge boost at the Turnbull Ground on Tuesday.

The Seasiders ran out 2-0 winners at the Turnbull Ground over rivals Scarborough Athletic, thanks to goals from Adam Gell and Dale Hopson.

And Blues boss Chris Hardy is hoping the win is a platform for the rest of the new year.

“Tuesday’s win was a huge achievement,” Hardy said.

“They have a big reputation and it was derby day.

“The Turnbull was packed and we were in need of a result and good performance and thankfully we got both. It was a nice start to the year and will hopefully be a platform for the New Year.”

Whitby will now play their first away game of the year this Saturday at The Silverlands, when they face Buxton.

The hosts currently sit ninth in the Evo-Stik Premier, just three points ahead of the Seasiders, but without a win since the December 15.

Buxton and the Blues couldn’t be coming into the game in different mentalities, and Hardy is hoping that his side can use any margins in their favour.

“Possibly the momentum will be in our favour,” he added.

“We hopefully can use whatever small margins are in our favour.

“Our boys should be buzzing, but this doesn’t change the fact that it will be a difficult fixture,”

The two sides met on the opening day of the season at the Turnbull Ground, which saw Whitby walk away with all three points on the day; Hardy is hoping for the same result this coming Saturday.

“We saw Buxton on the opening day of the season, but since then I imagine there have been some changes in personnel but the game will present a similar challenge to before.

“They are a typical Northern Premier League side and the challenges we face on a weekly basis will be evident on Saturday, but we just need to get business done in the correct manner.”

After a fantastic start to the new year and with Whitby just 10 points off the play-offs, fans may be hopeful of a run of form and a push for the play-offs.

Hardy admits this is a big task, although also admits that you can’t predict anything at this level.

“Nothing in unknown at this level, fine margins determine results and maybe as a side we haven’t been on the right side of these margins often enough.

“But against Gainsborough and Scarbrough, who are arguably two good teams, we were on the right side and we need more of that. We need to make sure we take all opportunities that come our way.”

Going into Saturday, Hardy is happy with the squad’s clean bill of health, with the only casualty being Daniel McWilliams who is still two to three weeks away from returning to first-team action.

Toby Lees was absent from the derby win after being recalled by parent club Harrogate Town and Hardy admits that he was a key player who needs replacing.

“Realistically we had to replace Toby. It took us a long time to get him in, he settled well, and became a week in week out player.

“But now its back to the drawing board. We’ve brought in Leon Carling as a short-term replacement, and then we will keep looking for a longer term replacement.”