Walshaw wants to keep Scarborough Athletic's play-off push alive

Scarborough Athletic striker James Walshaw hasn’t given up hope of sneaking a play-off spot in the BetVictor Northern Premier League.

By Daniel Gregory
Thursday, 20th February 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Thursday, 20th February 2020, 10:01 am
James Walshaw
James Walshaw

Boro’s top-scorer is feeling the confidence flowing after a string of superb results since Darren Kelly’s appointment in November.

“There’s an air of confidence in the team at the moment,” said Walshaw.

“I think since we changed the system we have been a lot harder to beat and are creating a lot more chances too.

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“I look at the fixtures now and I can’t see us losing - we’re playing well and hopefully that can continue.

“It will be a big ask to get into the play-offs but we will certainly be doing all we can to keep the pressure on the sides above us.”

Despite admitting he’s behind where he’d like to be with his goals tally, Walshaw hasn’t given up hope of scooping the NPL’s golden boot.

The Boro striker sits on 13 league goals after his hat-trick against Bamber Bridge on Saturday, eight behind FC United of Manchester’s Tunde Owalabi, who has 21.

“I’m behind where I’d like to be at this stage of the season,” admitted Walshaw.

“Usually I have a few more than this, but I had a slow start to the season and I’m playing catch up.

“I won’t stop giving up though and hopefully I can get a few more between now and the end of the season.”

The Boro front man was close to leaving the club in the summer with a tempting offer from Ossett United on the table, but he decided to stay at the Flamingo Land Stadium.

Walshaw admits he’s enjoying his football again under Kelly and would like to stay at the club, but insists a decision hasn’t been taken yet.

“There was a good offer from Ossett in the summer, but I decided to stay with Scarborough,” Walshaw said.

“I’m enjoying my football at the moment and see no reason why I would want to leave, if the club want me to stay that is.

“There haven’t been any discussions about that yet, it is still early and there’s plenty of football left to be played, but I’d like to stay here.”

Walshaw is expecting a tough test when Boro travel to Warrington on Saturday, looking to extend their unbeaten run to five in league and cup.

Warrington sit one place above Boro in the table in sixth spot,and they have four games in hand and are level on points.

“It’s always been a tough place to go has Warrington,” Walshaw said.

“I think they were one of the pre-season favourites for promotion, and for whatever reason that hasn’t worked out so far.

“It’s still going to be tough for us, but like I said we are full of confidence, scoring plenty of goals and are harder to beat, so we will go there looking to pick up a positive result.”