Commercial manager Geoff Osguthorpe is hoping that his side can bounce back from a disappointing result in their previous game with a win at Scarborough News Sunday League division three promotion rivals Cayton Corinthians on Sunday.
The second-placed side suffered a shock 4-0 defeat at Scarborough Sports in the final weekend before the Christmas break, so Osguthorpe is wanting a reaction to that loss when they make the trip to Cayton on Sunday, 10.30am ko.
Osguthorpe said: “We were dreadful against Scarborough Sports, so hopefully with a new year will come a new attitude from my players in the Cayton game on Sunday.
“It is very tight in the third division table at the moment, and if we were to slip up at Cayton it would give them a huge boost in their challenge for promotion. Leaders Whitby Wanderers and third-placed Newlands Reserves are obviously two of our main rivals, but Cayton and Filey Flyers Reserves have games in hand on the top three and could well force themselves into the reckoning this month.”
Wanderers play host to Flyers this Sunday in another crunch clash, so there is plenty to play for in the first round of games this year.
Osguthorpe added: “Apart from the hammering by Scarborough Sports last time out we have been fairly consistent in defence, if there is one area where we need some help it is possibly up front. I have been looking at bringing another striker in, but it is not easy to find a reliable goalscorer as most of them already have a club.
“As for Sunday’s game I am aware of the skills of the Cayton team, as Harry Holden is a very useful young player and they also have experienced players such as former Scarborough FC defender Shaun Rennison to call upon as well. We will have to be on top of our game and hopefully we can gain a positive result.”
In the Kenward Cup, division one title rivals Trafalgar and Newlands square up at Staxton, 10am ko, while Filey Flyers will be favourites to win at home to struggling Strongwood in the league and Klosters will want to see off visitors Seamer.
Division two leaders Shakespeare will expect to cruise past visitors Ayton, who are rooted to the bottom of the table, while Fylingdales will want to boost their promotion chances with a win at itis itis.