Brooksby to miss Scarborough Athletic v Whitby Town derby clash
Scarborough Athletic's Wayne Brooksby will miss Saturday's home derby clash with Whitby Town due to suspension, but the visitors will be without several key players for the game.
Brooksby, who has been playing at left-back for most of this season as opposed to his former role on the wing, is serving a suspension due to him picking up five cautions in all competitions, so he will not be in the squad for new boss Darren Kelly's first game in charge of the Seadogs.
Whitby earned a 2-0 home win against Boro back in September thanks to goals from Kieran Weledji and Bradley Fewster, but with a new manager and a midweek cup win the home players and supporters may well be heading into Saturday's game with fresh confidence.
Chris Hardy's Whitby, who made a strong start to the BetVictor Northern Premier season, have slipped to 11th place, and have not won a league game since September 24 when they triumphed 1-0 thanks to a Dale Hopson penalty.
But this is slightly misleading as the Blues' involvement in the FA Cup and FA Trophy, as well as a few league and cup games being postponed, has seen them only play four league games in the past two months,
The Ashton won was followed by losses at home to Matlock by a 3-0 scoreline and 1-0 at home to Warrington, then a couple of 3-3 draws, against Nantwich, at home, and at high-flying Basford. In both draws Whitby needed late levellers to earn a share of the spoils.
Hardy's side have also been dealt a few injury blows as strikers Fewster and Dale Hopson, who have both been out for several weeks, look set to be sidelined until the new year, and another long-term absentee is midfielder Callum Patton.
Forward Greg Rutherford could also miss out on Saturday having suffered a calf strain which forced him off the field in the first half of the shock 2-1 League Cup at Pickering Town on Tuesday, but defender Jassem Sukar could be in the reckoning as he returned to action at Pickering.
It's a 'pay on the gate' fixture on Saturday, with segregation in place and home fans will have access to the ground via the 'Boro gates'.