Boro are nine points from promotion

Steve Kittrick
Steve Kittrick

Scarborough Athletic are just nine points away from promotion with five games remaining in the Evo-Stik North this season.

Steve Kittrick’s side currently sit third in the table, a point behind second-placed Hyde United and a further four behind South Shields.

Even if Boro don’t manage to secure a top-two spot in the table, they are still leading the way in the third-placed team points-per-game ratio standings, which will seal the final promotion place into the Evo-Stik Premier.

This is a table which includes all of the Step Four clubs across the country, with the extra place being made available due to a restructuring at the end of the season.

And to make sure of top berth in that table, Boro need three wins from their remaining games, which kick off on Saturday with a home fixture against lowly Brighouse Town.

That is followed by away trips to Colwyn Bay and Colne, before home clashes with Glossop and Ossett Albion.

Despite this promotion lifeline, Boro boss Steve Kittrick has his sights firmly set on the second automatic place.

He said: “None of these games are going to be easy and there are plenty of twists and turns still to come this season.

“We don’t want to be thinking about play-offs, we want to be focusing on securing second spot, which will come if we can stay in touching distance of South Shields.

“It will all be about the team that slips up, out of Hyde and ourselves.

“We have to focus on being strong and organised in every game we play, hopefully everything else will fall into place.”