Boro skipper Merris hoping to cap amazing week

Dave Merris, left, celebrates with his Boro teammates
Dave Merris, left, celebrates with his Boro teammates

Scarborough Athletic skipper Dave Merris is hoping to cap a fine week at Colne tomorrow.

On Sunday the 37-year-old full-back was honoured by the Evo-Stik League, by being awarded a place in the North Division team of the season alongside teammate Michael Coulson.

He then played his part as Boro took another step closer to promotion with an away win at ColwynBbay on Tuesday night.

The next rung on the promotion ladder sees Boro travel to Colne on Saturday for another hugely important fixture.

He said: "It has been a good week, a very productive one.

"I was expecting us to come away with the win at Colwyn Bay, it was just a matter of maintaining what we are doing.

"If you look at how things were a month ago, we were having a bit of a sticky patch, like Hyde have of late, but throughout the season we have always been there knocking on the door.

"It isn't over by any stretch of the imagination, there will be no counting of chicken because we have a job to finish off.

"We have a big game at Colne on Saturday and then we have two home games, which hopefully we'll go out there and enjoy.

"Hopefully the fans will enjoy them as well because they really deserve to.

"I have no idea how many supporters turned up at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night, but we had more there than some League Two teams take.

"It is one hell of a commitment and no doubt those fans will be there at Colne on Saturday as well.

"The supporters have been fantastic this season, you wouldn't expect a backing like this if you were playing for a full-time club.

"If there was one man and his dog at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night when we fell behind then we might not have come back, but the support we received really pulled is through"

Merris was also delighted to pick up the honour from the Evo-Stik League.

"I've been doing alright this season, so to receive that was a surprise and a huge honour," he added.

"I'm 37-years-young,so it seems that I'm getting better with age because I've never had anything like this before.

"It doesn't matter what time this sort of thing happens in your career, it is still massive to any player."

Merris has won promotions with Harrogate in the past and has reached play-off finals under current boss Steve Kittrick at Guiseley, but he believes that this season will be right up there with his very best.

He said: "I've won a few things in the past, but this is right up there for me.

""Not only because of what we are achieving on the pitch, but also because of the fans, the managerial team and also the changing room I am a part of.

"There is a massive togetherness in there, everybody is buying into it and pulling in the right direction.

"It showed on Tuesday night when Coulo (Michael Coulson) missed his penalty because it didn't phase anyone. We just got back to it and went on to win the game.

"There is a huge belief that we'll score goals, which does take pressure off you as a defender.

"I've been in teams before where the goals have dried up and that makes things difficult because you have to focus 110% and it can affect your game.

"If you compare the club now to where it was when I joined then there is a massive, massive difference.

"We were just out of the relegation zone back then and then we went on to just miss out in the play-offs the season after.

"It is all about progression, so hopefully we'll secure this promotion this season because it is all the gaffer (Kittrick), Humey (Mark Hume) and the supporters deserve."