Team spirit the Key for Boro’s Paddy

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Scarborough Athletic wideman Paddy Miller feels that the team spirit could propel them into an NCEL title battle this season.

Miller, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Monday, is relishing his role in Boro’s solid start to the campaign.

He is adamant that there should be no resting on laurels though, as things move on towards an exciting festive period.

“This is the best changing room I have ever known, everybody just wants to go out there and fight for each other,” said Miller.

“A good team spirit is probably worth around 10 extra points in a season and that is what we have.

“It isn’t the games against the top sides that get you up there in the league it is the scrappier matches when you have to grind out results on sticky pitches.

“We showed that against Nostell when we were behind and we fought back to win. That is exactly what Bridlington Town do.

“It is great for me as a younger player because you have experienced players like Denny Ingram and Tony Hackworth, who are constantly talking to you.

“The gaffer Rudy Funk helps as well because he is always ringing to make sure everything is okay.”

Miller, who originally joined Boro under Brian France in 2009, has adapted a new training regime in recent seasons in order to progress as a player.

With boss Funk calling on him to attack and defend on the left, Miller has taken up a new fitness campaign, which includes running 40k every week.

He added: “I get a lot of stick from the lads because I’m always putting how far I have run on Twitter.

“It makes a difference though because it allows me to attack and defend.

“When I look back I just couldn’t do it, but now I feel a lot sharper and fitter.

“We are a fit team, so when you play against sides who don’t take it as seriously it gives you an advantage.

“People pay a lot of money to come and watch us play so I want to do myself justice.

“That is one of the reasons I love playing for Scarborough - the crowd. When I went to Ossett at the start of the season it was one of the things I missed.

“When the fixtures are announced at the start of the season you look for the big games because you know that the atmosphere will be great.

“It makes a huge difference to you as a player when you run over to take a corner and people are cheering you on.”