Hotte departure stuns Athletic

SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Paul Olsson has been stung by the departure of skipper Nathan Hotte ahead of tonight’s NCEL Premier clash at Nostell.

Hotte was snapped up by Evo-Stick Premier oufit Bradford Park Avenue yesterday afternoon and he made his debut in last night’s game against Halifax.

The former Bridlington Town man had been a key figure in Boro’s side this season, turning in a number of man-of-the-match performances in the past few weeks.

He follows Dave Kemp and Michael Price out of the Boro door, both departing over the past few weeks for Brid and Goole respectively.

A further blow to the Boro boss is the news that Denny Ingram also looks set to be absent from the trip to Nostell, as he tweaked a hamstring at the weekend.

Olsson said: “I spoke to Nathan about the situation. Bradford play two divisions higher, they are paying a great deal more money and he has a child on the way.

“He had been enjoying his football with us, but it is a good move so you can’t stand in his way.”

Olsson is certainly not resting on his laurels and he has been working very hard to boost his squad ahead of the game in West Yorkshire.

He added: “We are looking at getting a couple of new faces in time to play.

“I have been speaking to a couple of lads, but we’ll have to see what happens before kick off.

“It is a great chance for other players to come in and catch the eye though.

“We will have a couple of lads in from the reserves and they may get a run-out.

“We are obviously looking to strengthen, but if any reserve team players come in and do a job then it will be a boost.

“That is what the reserve team is there for.

“No place is easy to go to and get the points and Nostell will not make it simple. If we play with a similar sort of commitment and application as that of the weekend then we will be fine.”