DARREN KELLY: Thoughts are with the friends and family of Jordan Sinnott

I’d like to start this week’s piece by offering my heartfelt condolences to everyone who knew Jordan Sinnott, particularly his family, after his tragic and devastating passing last week.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 12:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 12:26 pm
Darren Kelly's column

I can’t even imagine the grief Jordan’s family are going through now and I’m sure they are taking a small bit of comfort in how the football family have rallied around them at this difficult time.

Looking back at Saturday’s defeat at Stafford is frustrating for me as I felt we were in a strong position to go on and win the game until Wayne Brooksby’s sending off.

Losing Wayne and going down to 10 men meant our options out wide were limited and that was the area I felt we were starting to make some attacking progress in.

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Regardless of Saturday’s result, I hope the Scarborough Athletic fans remain patient and look at the bigger picture - which is the long term future of the football club.

The welcome I’ve had since coming to the club has really blown me away and I can’t thank fans enough for that.

There are a lot of plans in place to improve things going forward from the end of the season pressing into the pre-season.

One example of this I can tell fans about is our training schedule and hopefully being able to improve our away form.

We play all our home games on a 3G surface and train on a 3G surface, yet play 50% of our games on often tricky, grass pitches.

It would be of huge benefit for us to get out on the grass pitches in training to work on things we know are going to crop up on matchdays and we are planning on doing that from next season too.

I have to say I am really looking forward to Friday night’s fans forum.

People who know me will know I am an honest bloke who says it how it is and I want fans to feel free to ask me anything on Friday evening.

I want the difficult questions and I am hopeful I will have an answer to them all, and if I don’t - I will make sure I get one.

We then head into a massively important home game against Ashton United.

I have said from the start I want the Flamingo Land Stadium to be something of a fortress and so far it has been.

We need to continue that this weekend with a win.