Boro at full strength for derby

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Scarborough Athletic are hoping to be at full strength when they tackle Bridlington Town in Saturday’s NCEL Premier derby.

The meeting between the two sides is poised to kick off at 11.30am, due to the visit of the Groundhoppers, who are also set to take in matches between Pickering Town and Worksop Parramore and Tadcaster Albion and Barton Town.

Boro boss Rudy Funk looked to have a few injury worries after the recent gruelling schedule of matches, but any potential crisis seems to have eased over the past few days.

There were initial doubts over centre-back Andy Milne, midfielder Jimmy Beadle, as well as striker Ryan Blott and Tony Hackworth, but each now look ready for the action.

Boss Funk said: “Things are looking good for us, which is great ahead of such a big game.

“Andy Milne is getting better with every day that passes after the knock that he picked up in the game at Parkgate.

“Ryan Blott came off in the same game but his hamstring problem seems to have cleared up.

“Tony Hackworth’s Achilles is back to normal and Jimmy Beadle will be fine after his deadleg against Tadcaster.”

Funk is still talking to one or two potential new faces ahead of next week’s NCEL deadline.

in recent weeks Boro have signed former Premier League man Bryan Hughes as well as reserve team players Rory Skelton, Dan Baldry and Dom Richardson to swell their ranks.

The Boro chief added: “We have a week to go and we have a few options before that time limit runs out.

“We have signed some of the younger lads on as back-up, but we are still looking to boosting the squad further.

“I doubt there will be any new additions in time for the Brid game though.”

Admission on the day will be £6 for adults and £5 for concessions, the price insisted on by the league and the Groundhoppers.

That is instead of the usual Brid prices of £6 and £3.

Boro fans are urged to get to Queensgate in good time because the fixture has to kick off at 11.30am.

This is due to the strict schedule for the Groundhoppers on the day.

Three turnstiles will be open ahead of kick-off.