Trio back for Athletic

Adam Bolder makes his debut for Boro on Saturday

Adam Bolder makes his debut for Boro on Saturday

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Scarborough Athletic will be boosted by a returning trio when they entertain Bamber Bridge in the Evo-Stik North opener at Queensgate on Saturday, 3pm.

Former Premier League midfielder Adam Bolder, will be joined in the squad by ex-Harrogate Town duo Craig Nelthorpe and Paul Beesley, after all three missed the final pre-season outing at Whitby Town last weekend.

They will slot into boss Steve Kittrick’s side, which only lacks long-term injury victims Elhassane Keita and Paul Robson.

As strong as Boro will be for the opener, Kittrick will not be taking the game or their opponents lightly.

Bamber Bridge boast plenty of Football League quality of their own, as Paul McKenna, Jamie Milligan, Jon Macken and Brett Ormerod have all played in the upper levels of English football.

Kittrick said: “It will be good to have Adam, Craig and Paul back because they are all very important players for us.”

“You need your big players in games like this.”

“Looking at Bamber Bridge, they will be a good side, but we are a lot better than we were last season.

“It is about being professional and not arrogant, we are strong, but we have to become hard to beat.

“There will be a lot of strong teams in this league this season, the standard will be very good because players continue filtering down to this level from above.”

Boro trained for the game last night and Kittrick has also taken his players out for an Indian meal to bond them together ahead of the season.

He added: “We want the lads singing off the same hymn sheet this season, so it is important for us to get together.

“As the season goes on we’ll do it more and more, though hopefully I’ll be able to leave the lads to it.

“It would be good for us all to come over and have a night in Scarborough so we can meet up with a few of the supporters.”

Boro Supporters Club will be running a coach to the FA Cup clash at Tadcaster Albion a week on Saturday.

Anyone interested in going with them should speak to Ken Pattison at Saturday’s game.