Burgess: We need tough tests like Spennymoor

Kev Burgess gets stuck into training
Kev Burgess gets stuck into training

Scarborough Athletic defender Kev Burgess feels that playing quality opponents, like Saturday's visitors Spennymoor, will provide Boro with a boost when the new season kicks off.

Boro entertain the Conference North side at the Flamingo Land Stadium tomorrow, 2pm, in their second friendly of the club's preparatory work.

Kev Burgess gets on the ball in Boro's win last Tuesday night

Kev Burgess gets on the ball in Boro's win last Tuesday night

"I know a lot of the clubs that we are playing against and a lot of the players, these won't be easy games," said Burgess.

"That is what you want though, you want to be coming up against the likes of Spennymoor, Harrogate and FC United because they are where we want to be as a club.

"These games will test us and prepare us for when the season gets started. There will be a lot of playing 45 minutes here and there, but it is all about getting those minutes under your belt."

Burgess is hoping for a big turn-out at the Flamingo Land Stadium tomorrow after training at Boro's base whetted his appetite last weekend.

He added: "It is a smashing ground, it looks new and it looks the part.

"I just can't wait to see if full up, that is why you play football.

"There is no better feeling than having a big crowd cheering you on or being clapped off after a good performance and a win. I'm really looking forward to sampling that."

The former Whitby and Darlington man has really enjoyed pre-season to date and he is expecting things to continue going from strength to strength.

"It is nice to have the break, but after a certain amount of time you just want to get back playing again," he said.

"There has been a lot of running to stop-watches in training, which is very numb running. You hate doing it at the time, but then you appreciate it when the season gets going.

"You need the match fitness as well though and that is why it is important to get plenty of pre-season games in.

"We have only played one game so far, but already things are coming together, good players tend to gel quicker.

"We do have some very good players for this level, but this is a tough level to play at, I know that from previous experience.

"If we dig in now and get our levels up then I'm sure that it will help us to push up to where we want to be."

The early-season clash with former side Whitby has already raised a bit of interest with Burgess and fans of both clubs.

He added: "Nobody has really mentioned the first game of the season, there is a lot more talk about that big derby game between Scarborough and Whitby on August Bank Holiday.

"I know all of their squad very well and I know they will be going out all guns blazing against us.

"They have made a great signing in Dale Hopson, who is a Conference North or Conference National player, while they have some good lads that have come out of the Middlesbrough set-up in Junior Mondal and Lewis Maloney.

"It will be 11 players battling it out against 11 players on the day, but we'll have to be at our very best if we are to get a result."