Understrength Pikes ready for Boro

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Pickering Town won’t be at full strength when they host Scarborough Athletic at Mill Lane on Tuesday night, but they are still aiming to give their neighbours a tough test.

The Pikes will be without Chris Batchelor, Tony Hackworth, Tom Woodhead, Frank Belt, Robbie Hawkes and Matty Brown, though boss Mitch Cook is still confident that they will have enough to give a good performance.

Cook said: “They have Jimmy Beadle and a few other lads that our players know. Many of our lads have played against Boro in the past, so it is a game that both sides will want to go out there and win.

“We have been given three home games in pre-season and we have brought in teams from leagues above, like Scarborough Athletic, to come in and give the fans the chance to see sides from better levels.

“The pitch is in magnificent condition, so it will be perfect for football.

“It will be difficult because we have several players out, but that will give us the chance to learn a few things about the other lads.

“We finished on Saturday with 16-year-old Ryan Woodhead and 17-year-old Sam Calvert in attack, which was great for the club.”