Scarborough Town boss Rennison happy at timing of cold snap

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THE recent bout of cold weather arrived at the perfect time for Scarborough Town boss Shaun Rennison and his injury-hit squad.

Rennison would have been without seven first-team regulars if Saturday’s Humber Premier first division clash with Branshome had gone ahead.

Action from Scarborough Athletic FC Reserves(red) v Scarborough Town, at Filey Community Sports Ground.   Picture by Andrew Higgins  113418a    23/08/11

Action from Scarborough Athletic FC Reserves(red) v Scarborough Town, at Filey Community Sports Ground. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113418a 23/08/11

Last week’s game at home to Howden was also postponed due to the bad weather, meaning that Town’s walking wounded have had a couple of weeks off to rest and recuperate.

Rennison said: “The snow has been a god-send for us. The timing of it has been absolutely brilliant.

“We have been struggling a bit in recent weeks and have started to slip up.

“We have had a few lads missing through injury and then been forced into playing players who haven’t been fully fit or are playing out of position in their place.

“It has meant that we haven’t been at our best and it has cost us points.

“The fact that we have had a few weeks off has allowed most of the lads who have had knocks time to recover.

“Sean Exley is out for the season, but Ryan Jackson, Ricky Nock, Jamie Patterson, Ben Briggs, Tony Pickles and Baz Gill, who have all been struggling, should be fit again for the trip to North Ferriby this week.”

Town currently sit five points clear at the top of the division, but nearest rivals Bransholme have two games in hand on them.

The Town supremo believes that his side’s away form will be crucial to them remaining on top of the pile come the end of the season.

“Every away game is difficult in this league, it doesn’t matter who you are playing they always have their best side out when you go their place.

“The three games that we have lost this season have all been away from home. Two have been on 3G surfaces and the other was on the worst pitch I have ever seen.

“We are confident we will beat anyone at home and with six games left, three at home and three away, how we do on the road will be crucial to us staying top.

“Obviously with Bransholme just a few points behind us now, our home game against them will be really important.

“It would be great if it ended up that Bransholme was out last game of the season and we could seal the title by beating them.”