Lisles focused on Athletic progression

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Scarborough Athletic’s new centre-half Dean Lisles is keen to play his part in the progression of the club.

Lisles arrived before the 3-0 victory at Radcliffe and since then Boro have won each of their four games.

As well as their impressive run, Lisles also scooped the Manor Road Stores player of the month award for his efforts in November.

The former York City and North Ferriby United man is keen to play down his own contribution though, he focuses more on the team as a whole.

“I’m loving it here because we have a great bunch of lads and a fantastic team spirit,” he said.

“I know a lot of the lads from North Ferriby, which helps, but I’ve not witnessed this togetherness in many teams before.

“Obviously I was delighted to win the player of the month, but it wasn’t just about me.

“It is so important to keep clean-sheets because it gives you a solid base for the strikers to press on and do their bit.

“When I was brought in they wanted me as somebody to talk in the middle of the defence.

“It has been great for me to come in alongside the likes of Ben Middleton, Steve Ridley and Matty Plummer, plus Paul Robson is coming back to full fitness as well.”

Lisles added: “We have had an unbelievable run so far, winning five games in a row.

“Because of that the play-offs have to be our main aim this season.

“We have to continue that run of form now, especially over the Christmas period.

“We have four games in just a handful of days, which won’t be easy, but it will be a telling time for us.

“We have some great lads in this squad, from Joe Cracknell, who adds stability in goal, to Alex Peterson up front and Jimmy Beadle in the middle of the park.

“I don’t see why we can’t achieve our targets.”

Playing for Scarborough has been a privilege for Lisles, due to the fact that he has links with the town.

He said: “My dad used to work in Scarborough and he was a sponsor of the old club.

“I know Mitch Cook and former Whitby Town manager Dave Logan through that.

“I’m very fond of the place and because of that I want to do well.

“Not only for the club, but also for the town and the managers Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot.”