Foot switches focus to basement boys

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After picking up four valuable points in their last two Evo-Stik North outings, Scarborough Athletic joint-manager Paul Foot turns his attention to this weekend’s battle with bottom club New Mills and the chance to extend their unbeaten run to four matches, 2pm kick off.

But Foot is refusing to let their opponents’ league position and the fact that they have yet to collect a point change the way they approach the game.

He said: “New Mills haven’t won a game yet this season, but the players need to be determined and show a good attitude to win the game.

“Obviously we haven’t been scoring as many as we would of liked, but there is only Alex Peterson without a proven non-league goalscoring record.

“He’s young and learning, but we also have players like Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Blott and Tom Corner in the side, so the goals will come.

“We are always looking to strengthen our squad but sometimes it might just not be the right time for a player to come to us, but we are keen to improve.”

Despite the fantastic start to the season now being a distant memory following a recent dip in form, the Boro joint-boss still has his sights firmly on a play-off spot come the end of the season.

He added: “The play-offs will always be our target even though we have been on a blip in form

“It’s important that the fans turn up and support the lads at home.

“Bryan (Hughes) and I have received some stick lately but we are looking to turn it around, so hopefully the fans can make some noise and get right behind us.

“Sometimes it’s hard, as they all like to spread around the ground, but the last two away games just proves that the supporters give us that extra push.”

Boro will be without defender Paul Robson through injury, as well as midfielder J0e Fox, but Foot hopes to give midfielder Matty Bloor some much needed game time.

Bloor is yet to make an appearance for the club so far this season after a lengthy injury lay-off.

“Paul and Joe won’t be involved, but we may look to give Matty Bloor some minutes or at least have him in the squad,” said Foot.

Boro’s Norwegian fan Are Guttelvik is giving fans the chance to travel to the game at Witton Albion for free, but only if they have backed their club in the next two matches at Queensgate.

If fans can show two tickets from two of the three home games against New Mills on Saturday, Whitby Town in the Doodson Sport Trophy on Wednesday night or the clash with Droylsden, then Guttelvik will fund the journey to Witton on November 28.

Guttelvik said: “I want to reward the loyal fans of the club who go to Queensgate on a regular basis the chance to travel to Witton Albion for free.”