Boro and Pikes set for battle

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Pickering Town entertain Scarborough Athletic tonight in what looks set to be a fiesty derby encounter at Mill Lane, 7.45pm.

Boro will field a strong side for the fixture as they look to progress their pre-season work, while Pikes assistant manager Denny Ingram, who is in charge for the friendly, will also be moving closer to their first-choice line-up.

Athletic joint-manager Paul Foot said: “It will be a strong side because we have a few players that still need games.

“Dominic Rowe will hopefully get 90 minutes because he has recovered from his illness, we will be looking at giving Alex Metcalfe at least 45 minutes.

“Ben Simpson will start in goal because he needs game time and we will also have Lloyd Henderson and James Williams in our starting line-up.

“This was a fixture that we originally set up with Tony Hackworth, but a lot of people at the club know Denny as well, so we have made sure that we will be sending a good side over.”

Pickering will hand games to new boys James Gunn and James Hunt. Gunn originally came through the school of excellence system at Scarborough FC.

Ingram added: “Friendlies against clubs like Scarborough Athletic are always good for us because they are excellent tests and they also help the coffers.

“It may be a pre-season game but it is also a local derby, which are always interesting.

“We will have 19 players available for the game because we still have a few that we want to have a look at.

“It is still a case of whittling it down to the final squad.”