The Whitby Town management team could not be happier with yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Morpeth Town at the Towbar Express Stadium at the Turnbull Ground.

This was the second game of the Bank Holiday weekend and the Blues went into the match with a number of notable absentees.

However, they dealt with the game well in hot conditions to secure another three points and lift the side to 7th in the BetVictor Northern Premier table.

“We’re delighted with the result,” Chris Hardy revealed.

“It was hard fought but again it wasn’t one for the purest. The hot conditions and the dry pitch aren’t always the best for a good game of football.

“It was competitive and there wasn’t an awful lot of difference between the two sides.”

Whitby opened the afternoon’s scoring through Luke Bythway, a defender who has had a difficult time with injury over the last year.

Hardy was pleased for Bythway that he was able to get his name on the scoresheet following a well worked set-piece.

“It was a good contribution and we’re pleased for Luke,” Hardy said.

“You’re getting centre-halves and they’re contributing which is great, but you don’t always expect them to be scoring.

“You’d expect centre-forwards to be scoring in those situations but as mentioned, we’re happy for Luke.”

The only real negative in the match was that the Seasiders found themselves level at half-time.

With the whistle set to be blown any minute, Morpeth created a well worked equaliser, headed home by Liam Henderson.

“It was disappointing in the way they got down the side,” stated Hardy.

“The way he’s managed to have that header at the back post is very disappointing for us.

“It would have been nice going in a goal up but there wasn’t too much between the two sides.”