Hughes keen to land Pikes success

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The derby touchpaper will be lit on Tuesday evening when Scarborough Athletic host Pickering Town in the North Riding FA Senior Cup, 7.45pm.

Boro’s joint-boss Bryan Hughes has promised to field a strong squad of players for the battle that will see the winners progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Rivals Pickering will be up for the fight though as they have had a resurgence in form since Tony Hackworth seized control from Mitch Cook.

Boro may opt to hand returning loanee keeper Joe Cracknell the gloves, though Rory Skelton, who impressed in his last first-team game against Brigg, may also be involved.

The competition for the number one jersey has opened up since Jason White made the choice to sign for AFC Mansfield.

Hughes said: “With the game being abandoned at the weekend due to the horrible injury to Chris Bolder, we will be putting out a strong team with one or two under-19s in there.

“We picked up our first win since taking over at Radcliffe and then we were trailing on Saturday when the game was abandoned.

“Despite that. we were always confident that we’d get back into it against Bamber Bridge, but that goal we conceded still hurt me because we’re trying to instill a clean-sheet mentality in the lads.

“We can’t afford to give goals away like we have done. I will give the lads the benefit of the doubt about Saturday’s goal because there were a few deflections in there before the ball went in the net.”

Hughes added: “This is a big game because it’s a derby. The fans will want us to win it and we will be going out to do exactly that.

“Tony (Hackworth) has had a great start as manager of Pickering, the players have responded to him because he is somebody with great commitment.

“Whatever happens it will be a top game for the fans, hopefully we’ll come away with the right result.”

Prices to enter the game will be £5 for adults and £3 for concessions and children, under-11s go free.