Scarborough set to tackle York rivals

KEY MAN ... Steve Roberts
KEY MAN ... Steve Roberts

THE Scarborough & District Representative side will go into the clash with their York counterparts tonight with full confidence, according to joint-manager Alec Coulson.

Coulson, who has had a busy week after the birth of his son Ryan on Tuesday, is hoping his and Kev David’s side can replicate the impressive showing they gave in their friendly against Mitch Cook’s Bridlington Town side recently which they lost 3-2.

Coulson said: “Everyone’s available again so we’re going in with the same squad as the Bridlington friendly.

“It’s only fair to the lads who put in such a good effort in that game and we’re hoping they’ll put in another good performance.

“We haven’t picked the starting 11 yet. Kev and I will sit down today at some point and sort out who is playing from the start.

“But each member of the squad is capable of starting the game as we have a very strong squad.

“I don’t think we could have picked a better squad from the players we have available.”

Coulson will be able to call upon the experience of players like Ayton front man Steve Roberts, who was remarkably part of the 2003 side that took on the York League side at Pickering, resulting in a penalty victory for the team, managed by Coulson’s late father Steve.

In that clash Scarborough claimed the honours thanks to a couple of spot-kick saves by stand-in keeper Wayne Aziz, who replaced the injured Jamie Freeman.

Aziz has since gone on to play for Pickering Town and currently plys his trade at NCEL Premier division leaders Bridlington.

Defenders Steve Sheader (West Pier) and Adie Blake (Eastfield), also have plenty of experience in these fixtures.

Coulson added: “We have some good, experienced players in the squad.

“To be able to call upon the likes of Adie and the two Steves is great from a manager’s point of view.

“Steve (Roberts) has been there before and will know what to expect from the game.”

Coulson admits that he knows very little about the York side, recognising only the names of Old Malton St Mary’s duo Richard Dunning and Simon Cooke.

But that doesn’t faze the former Edgehill boss, who believes that if his side plays well this evening, they will win the game.

He added: “We don’t know a lot about them to be honest, so all we can do is worry about our own performance.”