Derek Exley’s column: Fond memories of my time with Brian France

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Firstly I would like to pass my condolences on to the friends and family of Brian France after his sad passing earlier this week.

I have known Brian and his son Darren for a lot of years. I used to play for Bridlighton Town with Darren and Brian was always there on the touch-line.

In more recent times I worked at Scarborough Athletic alongside Brian and Darren and we did a decent job in getting the club promoted. I hadn’t seen them for a fair few years, but we just seemed to click together. He was a very nice bloke and a character, he will be missed.

At Scarborough Town, we will hopefully be back in action on Saturday when we travel to Humber Premier leaders North Cave.

They will obviously give us a test, but against these sides you don’t know who you are going to face.

If teams like Hall Road and Winterton don’t have a game then they tend to draft players in.

That isn’t our policy at Town, we have a squad of local lads and we want to stick to that.

They might not have the experience of some of the players we are facing, but they are still doing a good job.

We are at full stength this weekend apart from my son Sean Exley, who is struggling.

He is on crutches with a foot injury after his Town teammate Ben Luntley took him out in five-a-side.

It is a bit of a blow because he is scoring goals and playing well, but we’ll have to see how things go.

We haven’t had a game for a while so the lads should be up for the game.

I’m putting them through their paces in training this week as well so hopefully they will be sharp .