Chris Hardy was delighted for Bradley Fewster as he scored an impressive hat-trick in the first game of Whitby Town’s pre-season schedule.
Prior to the friendly fixture with Billingham Synthonia, the Blues manager set the main target of players receiving game time in the build up to the 2019/20 BetVictor Northern Premier League campaign.
However, Hardy was pleased that his side could exceed these aims by putting in a comprehensive performance against their counterparts with the standout Seasider being Brad Fewster.
“He’s had a good pre-season,” Hardy revealed.
“Scoring a hat-trick does him no harm whatsoever. To do this so early on should give him great confidence continuing through the pre-season schedule.
“Long may this continue going into the new season as he’s a big player for us. If we can keep him fit and happy this season, we’ve got a great chance of having someone who can guarantee a significant amount of goals.”
Whilst Hardy was over the moon to sea his number nine get himself on the scoresheet three times, he revealed that he was hoping that other players wouldn’t have to feature for as long as they did.
With this being the first match of the new campaign, everyone was expected to be given a chance, however injuries and unavailabilities resulted in this not being possible. Fortunately, everyone came through unscathed.
“Some players had a little more game time than what we would have liked,” Hardy stated.
“Those minutes are all in the bank now and we haven’t had any reactions which is positive.
“Hopefully the game time has served the players quite well today. The result was positive but I feel that we could and should have done more.”
Chris Hardy asking for more from his squad shows the ambition that has been reinstated at the club in recent weeks and months.
The main concern for his side not taking more chances was the fact that he feels that in other games, opportunities will not come around as often.
“Speaking before the game, we knew that it wasn’t going to be the finished article today,” said Hardy.
“We knew there would be moments where we lacked fitness and concentration levels.
“The sharpness in front of goal needs to be better but all in all with the scoreline finishing as it did, it was a good afternoon.”