Boro target for teen ace Connor

Rising star Connor Avison has his sights set on forcing his way into the Scarborough Athletic first-team squad after winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 9:00 am
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 1:29 pm
Connor Avison scores for the Scarborough Athletic Scholarship Under-19s team

The 16-year-old admitted to being shocked when he found out that he had won the Boro Under-19s trophy, but he is eager to push on and move up a level in the 2020-21 campaign, whenever that may start.

He said: “I was expecting Max Wright to have won the award for the Under-19s as he has made it into the Boro first-team this year, so it was a big shock when I was told I’d won it.

“I have enjoyed playing in the Boro Under-19s/Soccer Scholarship team this season but now I would like to follow in Max’s footsteps and push for a place in the first-team squad.”

Avison has been involved with the club’s junior set-up since Under-12s.

He added: “I had played for Seamer, Scalby and Scholes Park juniors before joining Boro juniors.

“It is good for all the players in the junior teams to see the likes of Max moving up into the first-team set-up and hopefully I will also make that step.”

Connor, whose dad Gavin played for a number of seasons for local league teams including West Riding, added: “I have been watching Boro since when they were based at Brid.

“I went along with my dad and have been following them ever since then.

“I used to watch my dad play football when I was younger but five years ago he decided to concentrate on watching me playing.”

The teenager also played a major part in Edgehill Reserves winning the Scarborough Saturday League second division crown, only for the season to be declared null and void due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said: “It has been a great season for us at Edgehill Reserves, for a team full of 16 and 17-year-olds to have won the title was a great achievement.”

Avison’s preferred position is centre-back, but he made a big impact when playing for the Scarborough Athletic Scholarship Under-19s team at home to Farsley.

He said: “I am more comfortable playing in defence, but against Farsley, we were losing 3-0 at the interval, so during the team-talk our coaches Denny (Ingram) and Blotty (Ryan Blott) said for me to go up front.

“I scored one then also put away a penalty as we got back to 3-3 only for them to nick a late winner.

“I have enjoyed my first year with the Scholarship and cannot wait for the second year, ideally I would also like to go on the university course that they are now also running there.”

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