Losing top-scorer Gary Bradshaw to a knee injury has been a double blow to Scarborough Athletic.
Joint-boss Bryan Hughes feels that Boro will not only be without Bradshaw’s threat on the pitch, but they will also be without the striker’s reputation that can leave players shaking in their boots.
Bradshaw was an unused sub when Boro beat Clitheroe on Saturday and he looks set to take his place on the bench when Athletic tackle Lancaster City this Saturday.
Hughes said: “Gary is a big loss for us because he is a player who scores goals.
“Not only that he has scored goals for a number of years, so he has become a name in football.
“At Clitheroe on Saturday their manager will have looked at his absence and the absence of Dean Lisles and he would have seen that as a positive.
“Especially as Dean marked their main striker out of the game at our place a few weeks earlier.
“There is a positive to this though because it allowed us to have such a strong bench on Saturday.
“To have players like Gary, Dean, Ryan Blott and James Bennett to call on is massive.
“It just shows how much we have strengthened as a club.”
Bradshaw and Lisles are part of an extended injury list at Boro, which also includes full-back Steve Ridley and midfielder Kieran McCaffrey.