Boro face Spennymoor test

Michael Coulson scored Boro's opening goal of pre-season
Michael Coulson scored Boro's opening goal of pre-season

Scarborough Athletic boss Steve Kittrick is expecting a tough test on Saturday when they entertain Conference North side Spennymoor at the Flamingo Land Stadium, 2pm.

This will be Boro’s second outing of pre-season after Tuesday’s 6-0 defeat of the Scarborough Saturday League Rep Team.

Kittrick said: “Tuesday was a good result and it gave the lads a bit of chance to gel, which is what you need at this stage.

“Saturday will be a different test for us, a tough test.

“Spennymoor had a very good season in the Conference North last time out, they just fell away a bit at the back end due to the pitch being poor.

“They ended up playing eight or nine games in the last month of the season, which kills you as a team.

“They have some very good lads up there and they will make things hard.”

Boro were hit by an injury to full-back Jack Johnson on Tuesday, but that is something Kittrick is expecting with the current hard surfaces.

Kittrick added: “We hope Jack’s shoulder isn’t as bad as we think it might be, but he could be out for a while.

“We’re also waiting on Luke Dean, who is two or so weeks away with an ankle injury.

“The surfaces are very, very hard at the moment and because of that you will pick injuries up.

“Lads want to play in these games rather than train though and match practice is what it is all about.

“These lads have all got to become mates very quickly.

“These are the games to get ready so we can all have a good go and sing off the same hymn sheet.”

Midfielder Lewis Sugden has opted to depart Boro, but Kittrick has been boosted by the addition to training of local lads Jackson Jowett and Matty Bowman.

“We have lost Suggy because, through work commitments he has decided to ply his trade somewhere else,” he added.

“We only need players that want to be here and want to be a part of what we are trying to achieve.

“The two local lads have come in and done well, which is great to see.

“Jackson is only going to get better and better. He has a lot of ability, he just has to apply it right.

“He wants to have a go at this level and he can do that.

“Matty takes his football very seriously and I think he is a very good prospect.”