Boro legend Blott ready for North Riding battle

Ryan Blott celebrates one of his many goals for Boro
Ryan Blott celebrates one of his many goals for Boro

Scarborough Athletic's all-time top goalscorer Ryan Blott will have no mixed loyalties on Tuesday night when he leads the Pickering Town attack in the North Riding FA Senior Cup semi-final at Mill Lane.

Blott left Boro at the end of last season after almost a decade and over 200 goals for the Queensgate club. He has since helped Pickering up to second in the NCEL, firing in 13 goals in the process.

"It will be weird, but it is a game I'm looking forward to," said Blott.

"The North Riding Cup isn't the highest on our priority list, but because this is Scarborough and a local derby, it becomes a massive game.

"This will be a good chance to see how far we have come as a team, to see how we compare to Evo-Stik League sides.

"We are on a run at the moment, we feel as though we can beat anyone if we turn up and play as we can.

"Our confidence is sky high and we have a great spirit, similar to the one that we had at Scarborough when we won the NCEL title a few years ago.

"At the same time, we are under no illusions. Scarborough are from the division above, so they are expected to come to our place, give us a really tough game and come away with a result."

Asked if he would celebrate if he scored against Scarborough, Blott added: "Of course I would, I celebrate every goal I score.

"There would be no disrespect meant to Scarborough, I had a lot of great years there, but when I'm on the field I'm just doing my job."