Bennett homes in on success

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Scarborough Athletic midfielder James Bennett feels that the club could be on for glory if they maintain their stunning home record.

Boro have yet to taste defeat at Queensgate in the NCEL Premier, their only losses have been on the road at Pickering Town and Long Eaton United.

They face another tough away-day on Saturday when they travel to resurgent Glasshoughton, 3pm.

“We have 15 games left, seven of them are at home,” said Bennett.

“We haven’t been beaten at home, so if we can continue that and carry on picking up the points away from home then I can see us being right up there.

“There are some tough games coming up at difficult places on difficult pitches, so we have to keep our focus.”

He added: “Much of our success has been down to the fact that we have a settled side.

“Things have been shored up at the back and we have never had a problem going forward as a team.

“Ryan Blott is one of the best finishers I have worked with and the all-round play of Tony Hackworth is outstanding.

“I personally have always been a central midfielder, so it has been a little strange playing out wide because I’m not the quickest.

“I have started enjoying it on the left though because I can cut in and get my shot away.

“It would be difficult to leave either Tommy Adams or Pete Davidson out of their place in the middle of the park because they compliment each other so well.”

Since leaving Darlington in 2009, Bennett has featured in sides that have pushed for the NCEL Premier title and he believes the current Boro crop are right up there.

He said: “We had a good side at Brid when we were pushing for the title, but I honestly think we have more quality this season at Boro.

“Brid used to rely on the goals of a couple of players, but we can score from all over the park.

“It is great as a player to turn out in front of a fan-base like Scarborough has as well.

“They have seen our performances against teams like Brid and Worksop, because of that I hope they stick with us when it gets interesting at the end of the season.”