New-look Town set to tackle Thornaby in final pre-season friendly

Neil Thomas, right, in action for West Pier last season
Neil Thomas, right, in action for West Pier last season

Scarborough Town head north to Thornaby on Saturday to meet Northern League opposition in their final pre-season friendly (3pm kick-off).

Things have been going well as Town look forward to consolidating their place in the Premier Division of the Humber Premier League this season, which is one of the “Step 7” leagues in the FA national non-league pyramid.

On the field, Town are pleased to welcome back players of the calibre of Neil Thomas, Sam Smart and Danny Jenkinson who all played in the Town side which won the championship of the Wearside League in 2009-10. Adding experience to a young local squad is Ricky Greening who has signed from Pickering Town.

Off the field, the club committee are pleased with the number of sponsors and advertisers who are on board for the coming season, and the committee have also been working hard to provide new accommodation at the McCain Sports Ground for the match officials.

The Town committee act on behalf of the members of the club, and one new member became the club’s youngest-ever when he was recently enrolled at less than a day old! Jack Canvin is the son of Town committee member Stuart Canvin and his wife Sarah.

At least one person will be happy on the first day of the new season, on Saturday August 18, because Town’s weekly Prediction Competition had a number of “rollovers” at the end of the last campaign and the new season begins with a prize fund of £450 just for predicting the results of six Premier Division games.

Anyone wishing to have a chance of winning this prize can do so via any player or committee member, or via the club website at

Town begin their HPL Premier Division campaign with four away games because the McCain Sports Ground is being used for cricket until the end of August.

However Town’s first two home games, at the beginning of September, will pitch them against the “Big Two” of the Humber Premier League, Sculcoates Amateurs and Reckitts AFC who between them have won the HPL championship 10 times since the league’s foundation only 12 years ago.