Harry’s game delights boss

Harry Holden in action for Boro
Harry Holden in action for Boro

Young defender Harry Holden has really caught the eye of Scarborough Athletic joint-boss Bryan Hughes since his big break into the first team.

Holden had progressed from playing Scarborough Saturday League football for Cayton to pulling on a Boro under-21 shirt, where he was spotted by the first team managerial duo of Hughes and Paul Foot.

Hughes said: “It hasn’t been easy for Harry because he’s had to come into a dressing room where he didn’t really know anyone, but he’s really grown into things.

“He’s done really well for a young lad. The players have really accepted him.

“For a left-footer to be playing on the right of a central defensive partnership is not easy, but he’s taken to it no problem.

“We saw a different side of him when we played against Ossett Albion because he was so commanding against a good non-league striker in Connor Bower.

“He picked up a bit of a knock on Saturday against Burscough, but he’s assured us that he’ll be fine for the game against Lancaster City on Saturday.”

Hughes and Foot will continue to keep an eye on the local scene after bringing through a number of players during their time in charge.

“At the start of the season we had our eyes opened up to local Scarborough football by Lloyd Henderson,” he added.

“Lloyd didn’t want to stay with us for his own reasons, but after 20-odd years in the game I know that he would be a player that somebody would take a gamble on.

“Paul and myself have said from the start that we are looking at that and at the under-21s because having home-grown players in your squad is something very important.”

Boro will be without midfielder Fernando Moke on Saturday for the trip to Lancaster, as he is still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Apart from former Droylsden man Moke, Hughes and Foot will have a full squad of players to select from.