STEVE KITTRICK: Switching focus to our big cup clash

Boro boss Steve Kittrick's weekly column
Boro boss Steve Kittrick's weekly column

Saturday will give us the opportunity to have a richly-deserved break from the league and switch out focus to the FA Cup.

It is a great honour for us as a club to play in this competition, especially at this stage.

We will obviously be going out there looking to progress, but Stratford Town will have similar plans on the day.

We’ll be going into the game as underdogs because they play their football in the league above, but cup games are cup games, we all know that anything can happen.

Stratford had a representative down to watch us beat Goole on Tuesday, but we have done our homework as well because you have to show your respect to any team that reaches this round of the FA Cup.

Confidence is very high in the camp, the results are going well, you can’t complain about three 4-1 victories.

As I’ve said before though, we have to make sure that the players’ feet are kept firmly on the ground and rule out any cockiness that may creep in.

One stat I heard this week is that this is the best start to the season that Scarborough Athletic have ever made, which is pleasing news for all of us.

The lads have all worked hard in pre-season and that is paying off now.

We have chosen our playing staff well, these lads want to play football and they want to succeed, which is half of the battle.

We added Nathan Curtis to the squad earlier this week, he came in and showed us what he can do in the win against Goole.

He turned up at 6.30pm on the night having not kicked a ball for the club and it was great for him that he went out there and got on the scoresheet.

There is certainly a carrot out there for us on Saturday, with the National League teams coming in in the fourth qualifying round, but that carrot is for both teams.

It would be great to progress, but we have to focus on the task in hand first of all, and that task certainly won’t be an easy one.