A Reid family affair

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It will be a strange day for Pickering Town boss Jimmy Reid and his son Arran on Saturday.

This will be the first time the pair have been on opposing teams, with Reid taking charge of the Pikes and Arran turning out in goal for Scarborough Athletic.

Jimmy joked: “I’m not too bothered, when Saturday morning comes around I’m just going to lock Arran in his bedroom.

“In all seriousness though, it will be the first time I have come up against Arran in a game so it will be a little bit strange.

“It will be the same for a lot of people at Scarborough because I have a soft spot for the club, having spent a bit of time there when Brian France was in charge.

“It is sad for Tommy Adams that he won’t be able to play against us because we are his former club, but that is football.

“It will be nice to see him without a Scarborough shirt on.

“When it comes down to it I just hope the best team wins on the day.

“We will be going out there to hold our own and we have proved that we can do that against the best team in the division.

“Scarborough are definitely up there in that being top of the league, I for one hope they go up because it is only what the town deserves.

“A lot of teams don’t want them to progress merely for financial reasons because they bring a lot of fans to games.

“If you take that out of it, for footballing reasons, I think they definitely deserve to this season.”

Pickering warmed up for their trip to Queensgate on Tuesday night with a North Riding FA Senior Cup semi-final win againstGuisborough Town.

Steve Baxter levelled things up after Guisborough’s early goal to take the game to penalties.

The Pikes eventually ran out 4-2 victors from the spot.

They now progress to play Marske United of the Northern League in the final of the competition.