DUNNING SET TO TACKLE SCARBOROUGH & DISTRICT

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THE Scarborough & District League select will come up against former Scarborough Athletic ace Richard Dunning when they meet their York league rivals at Bootham Crescent on Thursday night (7.30pm ko).

The former Blackburn Rovers trainee, Eastwood Town and Whitby Town midfielder now plays for Old Malton St Mary’s and will pose a major threat to Alec Coulson and Kev David’s outfit.

Huntington managerial duo Matthew Ward and assistant Ian Dunn will take charge of the York League side and have picked a strong squad.

Ward said: “This is my third game in charge of the side but the first time up against the Scarborough lads and it is a well known derby.

“We have picked what we think is a very good squad with the likes of Richard (Dunning), Dean Readman, Danny Fogg and Simon Cooke all from Old Malton, while we also have players from teams such as Huntington, Dunnington and Copmanthorpe so there is a good mixture.

“Richard will be our captain because he has plenty of experience and we will look to him to make the midfield tick along.”

A ball-playing creative midfielder, Dunning is twin brother of former York City player Darren.

At Eastwood he was part of the successful side which won promotion to the Conference North in 2008-09 and reached the FA Cup third round.

Ward added: “This game is something of an unknown quantity for myself and Ian but you can be sure that neither side wants to come out of this losing.

“Although I don’t know their players very well I have seen that they were only just beaten 3-2 against Bridlington Town recently, so they will definitely be a useful outfit.”

The Scarborough League side should feature the likes of Edgehill midfielder Dean Craig, Eastfield’s Mark Barber, Jack Hakings of Newlands and West Pier striker Gary Thomas.

Ward said: “We just can’t wait for the game to come around now and it should be a great atmosphere under the floodlights at Bootham Crescent and I am sure they will bring plenty of support.”