Boro skipper Hughes’ delight at Trophy progress

Scarborough Athletic are full of confidence says skipper Bryan Hughes.
Scarborough Athletic are full of confidence says skipper Bryan Hughes.

Scarborough Athletic skipper Bryan Hughes has expressed his delight after their win at Cambridge City in their FA Trophy second qualifying round replay.

Boro had to work hard to get past their Evo-Stik Premier opponents, but their 2-1 win sets up a clash against AFC Telford, a side Hughes knows a lot about.

He said: “It was hard work towards the end because they piled the pressure on.

“We had a game plan from the start and that game plan worked a treat.

“The next round is a great game for us. I am very good friends with the management team at Telford - Liam Watson and Dominic Morley.

“They have a good squad having changed it a lot.

“When there is a lot of change at a club it takes time, as we found out.

“We passed the ball well in pre-season, but once we got into the league it took us time to gel.

“Telford are the same, sitting sixth or seventh in the table. They will definitely provide us with a very tough game.”

Hughes netted Boro’s second at Cambridge on Wednesday night, and he said he was always confident of his long-range effort finding the back of the net.

The former Hull City and Birmingham City man added: “I knew as soon as it dropped that it was going in. I saw the keeper off the line and just hit it.

“Maybe it was just one of those nights because everything was falling for us, especially across the defensive areas, so I thought I’d just have a go.

“I would like to get a bit further forward and score one from inside the box, but I’m sure that will come.”

Hughed has fired a warning towards Boro’s opponents, claiming they’re full of confidence after a tricky start to the season.

“We have only had one defeat in 11, which is a great feat and it breeds confidence,” said Hughes.

“The beauty of it is the fact that the games are coming thick and fast, so we are looking to continue our run.

“We haven’t finished yet, we want to climb that league table as quickly as possible.”