Parke hits out at Boro chief’s fixture switch

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Sunday League committee member Paddy Parke has hit out at Dave Holland’s decision to choose the ex-Tigers ahead of a Sunday League representative team as Boro Reserves’ opponents for Saturday’s first match at Scarborough RUFC.

This first game of the double bill on Saturday - the second is a clash between a Scarborough Saturday League representative team and Boro’s first team - has been a talking point over the past few weeks, with Scalby having withdrawn from their meeting with Boro Reserves earlier this month.

The Sunday League were approached by Boro as a potential replacement for Scalby, and Parke, his fellow West Pier co-boss Jamie Towse and Ayton chief Mark Plumpton - who is, like Parke on the league committee - had been busy getting a team together to tackle Steve Brennan’s Humber premier division side. But last week the Sunday League were replaced by an ex-Tigers team which includes Dean Windass and Boro assistant boss Darren France, and this has sparked an angry response from the local Sunday League fraternity.

Parke said: “I am disgusted by the way that Dave Holland, the chairman, has made this decision to replace us on his own, it seems like the rest of the club’s officials, including treasurer Geoff Osguthorpe who is also on our committee, did not know we were to be replaced.

“I would like to make it clear that I am not levelling any blame at the club itself, I have no problem with them, or Geoff Osguthorpe who did loads of work getting this game arranged, and I hope they do well, but really the chairman needs to be aware of local links, but that may be difficult if he lives miles away in King’s Lynn.”

Parke added: “We spent a lot of time getting players together, several coaches or players put off the chance of jobs on the Saturday to play in this so they have lost out financially. We also had a lot of players who had family and friends coming along for the game as it would have been a great day for the club to forge links with the local community. By replacing us the chairman has damaged hopes of forging such links.

“The mayor of Scarborough Andy Backhouse is a former local league footballer, so I think it would be very interesting to see what he thinks of the likes of ex-Hull players being on parade as opposed to the local young players from his borough.”

Speaking last week, Holland said: “This is not an ideal situation as we had to sort something out after Scalby’s late decision to pull out of the game. We had three or four possibilities for this friendly. Our treasurer Geoff Osguthorpe had introduced the idea to me as he is also on the Sunday League committee and I did agree that we should play against them but perhaps I was a bit too hasty in agreeing with this option.

“I am very sorry if I have upset anyone from the Scarborough Sunday League in choosing to play against the ex-Tigers team instead on Saturday, but matches can often change when you are looking at pre-season friendlies.”