IF you cast you eye back over the current Scarborough Athletic campaign, it shows that Boro managed to give away their hopes of promotion over the festive period.
As many of us were warming up for the Christmas parties, Boro cooled off with a run of three consecutive defeats, that left them playing catch-up on the rest of the NCEL Premier’s high-flyers.
Had things been different in the latter part of December then who knows how the table could look now.
Three wins, or even two victories in those game would have propelled Rudy Funk’s men up to the heady heights of the top two, and with Retford unlikely to take their place in the Evo-Stik next season, it would have been a battle to the death with Brid.
The apt part of this is the fact that a string of former Boro players and the odd Scarborough-based player helped spark the downfall during this period.
The goalscoring exploits of Scott Phillips, Craig Hogg and Richard Medcalf being but a few of those to contribute.
Former players will always want to shine against their ex-employers, it is just the way things go, and more often than not they do have a blinder.
The thing that got me was the fact that a number of Scarborough lads helped nudge Boro out of the title race.
Players like Wayne Aziz (far right), Josh Greening (below), Billy Logan, Nathan Cook and Robbie Hawkes (right), who all hail from Scarborough, all played their part in Brid’s two victories against Boro.
Barton had Ryan Cooper in their squad, and Martin Cooper scored one of their goals in the 4-3 win a week before Christmas.
If you look at Pickering, they have Tommy Adams and Joel Ramm in their ranks, both of whom live in Scarborough.
Of course there is Jimmy Beadle at Whitby as well, who I’m sure at some point would love to return to his home-town club.
Yes, Athletic are going well at the moment, they have won three in a row going into the weekend’s big game against Retford, but, in contrast, Brid, with a host of Scarborough lads in the team, are four points closer to promotion with two games in hand.
A number of players have left Boro this season and Rudy Funk questioned their commitment to the cause as they skulked out of the door.
Would he be doing this if these players were Scarborough lads. You don’t question the commitment of Gary Hepples, Tony Hackworth, Denny Ingram and Ryan Blott.
This is because they were either born in the town or they have breathed Scarborough air for a good number of years.
Boro have brought together a youth system, and in a few years time these players will start to flow through, but why haven’t they got the best of the local lads now?
This isn’t a dig, it is more puzzled musings. Who knows what will happen in the future, but I just hope that the town and the town’s players can unite as a whole.
For me it is a guaranteed recipie for swift progression.