SPORTSDESK COMMENT: Passion spills over as run continues

There was a passion overspill on Saturday after Scarborough Athletic’s 2-0 home defeat against Mossley.

By Martin Dowey
Friday, 16th October 2015, 10:30 am
Sportsdesk Comment with Martin Dowey
Sportsdesk Comment with Martin Dowey

Boro’s fans were clearly agitated by the performance and as they walked past me on their way from the ground you could hear plenty of mumblings and grumblings.

The consensus was that Boro’s run of no wins in eight games can’t continue, and that obviously is the case.

Personally I haven’t seen Boro score in the last four games I’ve watched, and in that time they haven’t actually looked like doing so.

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The tension snapped on Saturday as joint-manager Paul Foot entered the tunnel and one fan let loose with some verbals, aimed at Foot and his players.

I don’t suppose there is a rulebook given to new managers as to what to do in that position, but with his heart on his sleeve a frustrated Foot hit back.

The thing that told me is that Boro’s joint-manager cares and he has the fight, alongside Bryan Hughes to put things right.

He was clearly wound up by the incident before our interview, in which he offered to sit down with each of the supporters and take them through the string of afflictions they are currently facing up to.

I interviewed another passionate figure in injured Boro keeper Ben Simpson on Tuesday and he firmly believes that the recent slip is just a blip.

He told me about the huge amount of effort the players are putting in on the training ground to get things back on track.

When you see the pain on the players’ faces when things go wrong on a Saturday you can believe it.

Now it is all down to how Boro get out of this situation.

Two winnable games lie ahead against Radcliffe and Harrogate Railway, which could aid them with this quest.

The last time Boro tackled Harrogate they taught them an attacking lesson, something they need to relearn right now.

Last season showed what the current joint-managers can achieve, as they turned a struggling team into promotion candidates in a matter of months.

The players now need to rediscover some of that steel and fortune rather quickly, or what seemed set to be a very successful season may come to an early end.