Martin Dowey’s column: Consistency the key after solid start from Boro

Boro have started well and will now look to keep consistent
Boro have started well and will now look to keep consistent

When it’s time to put the barbecue back in the shed and dig out the de-icer, you can probably take your first serious look at your respective football table.

That time is coming as we speak and Scarborough Athletic are poised in their usual place just behind the leader, like Steve Ovett heading into the last 100 metres of a distance race.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by SIPA PRESS / Rex Features ( 79137a )'STEVE OVETT WINNING THE OLYMPIC 800M FINAL BEATING HIS RIVAL SEBASTIAN COE, MOSCOW OLYMPICS 1980'STEVE OVETT WINS THE 800M OLYMPIC FINAL, BEATING SEB COE, MOSCOW - 1980

Mandatory Credit: Photo by SIPA PRESS / Rex Features ( 79137a )'STEVE OVETT WINNING THE OLYMPIC 800M FINAL BEATING HIS RIVAL SEBASTIAN COE, MOSCOW OLYMPICS 1980'STEVE OVETT WINS THE 800M OLYMPIC FINAL, BEATING SEB COE, MOSCOW - 1980

If you spend any time speaking to Boro’s coaching staff of Denny Ingram, Darren France and of course manager Rudy Funk, they regularly beat the drum of consistency.

That is possibly because in recent seasons the steam of Boro’s charge hit the buffers when the festive period approached.

If you look back in previous seasons, Boro haven’t won a game in December since 2008, though the icy conditions have played a part in that.

Cup distractions are also rife around that time as well, with the FA Vase gathering pace and the NCEL’s Mickey Mouse cups butting their way in to disrupt the league fixtures.

Thankfully, the league have elected to ditch the President’s Cup this time around, which will save us a ridiculous Tuesday night trip to darkest Nottinghamshire.

Boro have also been blessed this season by a rise in the calibre of player, which obviously makes a difference.

That was evident on Saturday as Boro tore apart a Lincoln Moorlands Railway side, who lie at the bottom of the table.

Heading into the game there was talk of Boro performing one of their slip-ups against the lower teams that have become trademark in the past.

That wasn’t the case though, Boro did a professional job on their opponents, boosting the goal-difference tenfold in the process.

The big tests begin with a flurry next month, with clashes against Parkgate, Pickering, Barton Town and Tadcaster.

If Boro can come through that month relatively unscathed then we may be in for an interesting climax to the season.

Every game in this division is a test, even Lincoln proved that as they grasped onto Boro’s shirt-tails in the first half.

After 10 games things do look to be positive. Goals are always a rare and valuable commodity, at the moment Boro are being treated to a very useful boom.