No talk of play-off push from Boro boss Hughes

Scarborough Athletic players congratulate Gary Bradshaw after his goal against Brighouse Town. Despite their superb run of form, joint-boss Bryan Hughes isn't getting carried away.
Scarborough Athletic players congratulate Gary Bradshaw after his goal against Brighouse Town. Despite their superb run of form, joint-boss Bryan Hughes isn't getting carried away.
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Scarborough Athletic joint-boss Bryan Hughes is playing down any talk of the play-offs, despite his side being on a collision course with success.

Since Hughes and Paul Foot took the reins at Boro the side have gone from strength to strength in the Evo-Stik North and are neatly poised for a play-off assault.

This run has seen them take 21 points from their last eight games, leaving them at the top of the form table.

In spite of this, Hughes is just focusing on the job in hand.

“It’s too early for thinking about the play-offs,” said Hughes.

“It wouldn’t be a good idea to be talking about things like that at this moment in time.

“Obviously we are aiming for that at the end of the season, but there is a lot of football to play before then.

“At the moment we are coping with a number of injuries and illnesses. On Saturday we were down to the bare bones, but we knew what we had to do and we all bought into it.

“We will be a little better for this weekend’s trip to Ossett Albion because we welcome Ryan Blott back from suspension and we could also bring Matty Plummer and new signing Tyrone Kirk in, as they have both been laid low with illness.”

Since taking charge alongside Foot, Hughes has donned a number of different hats to aid Boro’s cause.

As well as the managerial role and making his return to the playing side last weekend, Hughes has taken a step into the world of scouting.

“You need to help the team by getting reports, we needed help against Spennymoor and it worked,” he added.

“I make calls before a game, watch teams on YouTube and use other sources.

“If I can discover a weakness in our opponents before the game then obviously it will be beneficial to us.

“I am still coming back from a broken leg, so it is about getting my fitness levels up again.

“Due to the circumstances on Saturday it gave me the opportunity to get 75 minutes under my belt, which was great.

“I won’t be a bad sub for a team in this division. I still love playing in matches, I still really enjoy my football.

“I have crossed the line now though because I’m a joint-manager, which changes things.

“It is all about man-management, I don’t want to pick myself when other players could come in and do a similar job.”

Boro fans wishing to travel to Saturday’s clash at Ossett Albion can book their place on the supporter’s coach, which leaves the train station at 11am, by ringing Ken Pattison on 07736790418.