DARREN KELLY: Gutted to be missing big games

I’m incredibly disappointed to be missing three games due to a previously arranged holiday in South Africa.

By Darren Kelly
Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 10:59 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 11:00 am
Boro boss Darren Kelly's column
Boro boss Darren Kelly's column

It’s not an ideal situation at all, but when the holiday was booked I was in a different role at Hyde United that allowed for it.

I will be kept up to date regularly by the coaching staff and will ultimately still pick the team for the three games – I have 100% faith in the players and staff to produce positive performances and results.

It’s incredibly important when you suffer a disappointing defeat that you bounce back in the following match and the players did just that after the disappointing result at Buxton.

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Everyone was disappointed with the Buxton performance and result – nobody more so than me – so it was great to see the group bounce back with a resolute performance and a thoroughly deserved three points.

Morpeth came with a very physical approach and it was fantastic to see the team stand up to that and not allow themselves to be bullied - whilst not dropping down to their level.

Boxing Day’s win just showed the value of having James Walshaw in our side.

I love Wally and have done for a very long time and he’s really doing the business for us at the moment.

Every team needs a Wally in it and I hope he will still be a Scarborough Athletic player come the start of next season.

He has been playing with an ankle knock recently and we will have to manage that going forward - but a lot of the players have been battling through the pain barrier for the cause.

Chris Dawson still has a bit of a groin issue, Josh Barrett took a whack against Morpeth and battled on and T’Nique Fishley was rested as he looked jaded against Buxton – all will need to be monitored.