Foot: We’ll have to learn from Consett

Joe Fox whips in the ball against Consett
Joe Fox whips in the ball against Consett

Scarborough Athletic joint-boss Paul Foot is waiting to see if his side have learned their lesson after last week’s FA Cup exit at Consett.

Boro were comfortable favourites to progress, but a dip in performance allowed Consett to take the path through to the next round.

Foot and Bryan Hughes’ side will be tipped to win this weekend’s game against perennial strugglers Prescot Cables, but the management team are guarding against another slip-up.

Boro are boosted by the return of defender Ryan Qualter, who was cup-tied, but keeper Ben Simpson, defender Leigh Franks and midfielder Matty Bloor are all still struggling with injury.

Foot said: “We will be making some changes after Saturday, but we’ll be addressing things at training.

“Before Saturday’s defeat, the lads have been fantastic, one poor game doesn’t alter our view.

“The only positive we can take is the fact that we didn’t drop any points.

“Saturday is another game on paper that we should be winning as well, so we have to get ourselves mentally up for it.

“We were lucky to get a 2-2 draw there last season because we had the attitude that we’d just go there and take home the win.

“They got in our faces, which is something they’ll do again on Saturday.

“They have a new manager in place and they’ll be right up for it, so we’ll have to be at our best.

“We’ll just have to see if the boys have learned anything from the defeat against Consett.”

Meanwhile, defender Matty Plummer has joined up with NCEL first division side Hull United for the next few months.

Plummer is struggling to commit fully to Boro due to work and his fitness levels after a troublesome injury.

The former Darlington man is one of Boro’s longest serving players, having played a part in the promotion from the NCEL Premier Division.

Foot said: “We’ve been working closely with Hull United, and because its closer to his home the whole thing will work out well for both parties.

“Matty is still a Scarborough Athletic player, so we’ll be keeping an eye on his progression with Hull United.”

Boro’s supporters club are running a bus to Prescot, which will leave the train station at 10.15am.

A place costs £20 per head, to book contact Ken on 07511614975.