PICKERING Town boss Jimmy Reid is confident that his side can match big-spending Scarborough Athletic in Saturday’s home clash, 3pm.
Despite being stung by injuries and departures this season, the Pikes boss is keen to set about the NCEL Premier high-flyers.
Reid does have one boost in the return of Dean Readman from injury, but he will be without Tom Fenwick, who is getting married, and Matty Turnbull, who has jetted off to Australia for six months to play cricket.
He said: “Bring them on, we are ready for it.
“Obviously they should win the game, but if they lose that 20 per cent on the day and we can summon up an extra 20 per cent then I don’t think we’ll be far away.
“We are looking forward to it, playing against Scarborough is always a big occasion because of the fact that it is a local derby and they always bring a good number of fans.
“We are not in the best of health at the moment, but it won’t take a lot to get the lads up for the game.”
Scarborough will have both former Pikes skipper Tommy Adams and attacker Joel Ramm in their ranks for the game, which will bring mixed emotions for Reid.
He added: “It will be great to have Joel and Tommy back at the club on Saturday because they did a great deal for Pickering over the years.
“As a club we obviously can’t compete with Scarborough’s big budget and when they come in and offer double what you are paying a player then it is hard to take.
“In any walk of life if you are offered more money it is going to turn your head and that is what happened.”
Pickering warmed up for the Scarborough game with a 1-0 loss at Thackley last weekend.
John Mallison scored the only goal deep in the second half, as the Pikes slipped to their third defeat of the season.