Bloor calls for festive fight

Matty Bloor takes charge for Boro
Matty Bloor takes charge for Boro

Stand-in manager Matty Bloor is just calling for 110% from his players when the do battle with Spennymoor on Boxing Day.

Twenty-five-year-old Bloor has been thrust into the managerial spotlight following the departure of Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot by mutual consent.

Chris Bolder, who has been a coach since suffering a nasty knee injury, will help Bloor in the role for the game against Spennymoor and the trip to Brighouse on December 28.

"I just want to show my appreciation from myself and all of the lads to Bryan and Paul for what they did for us all.

"It is a difficult situation, but we have to stand by the board's decision and do what is best for the club.

"I have asked every player to take a good, hard, honest look at themselves in what they can do better in order to improve performances and ultimately results.

"As players I feel that we have let the club down with the current league position, which has cost the managers their jobs.

"Fortunately as players we have the chance to put it right and it starts this Saturday.

"All I ask from the lads is that they give 110% for the cause because that is what I've always done as a player.

"The same with the fans, if they can support us between minute one and the 90th minute that would be amazing for me and the rest of the lads.

"We have six points available over the next few days, six points that could get us back on track.

"I trust the lads completely that they will do everything right over the Christmas period because they all have the club at heart."

Boro may be without Nathan Peat through injury, while Steve Mallory may also be struggling, but Bloor might have a secret weapon in Dean Lisles.

He added: "I have been calling out to lads and I'm hoping that Dean could answer that call.

"We have a good squad of players going into the game against Spennymoor, especially in attack. I know they'll all be looking forward to it."