Match Preview: East Yorkshire Carnegie v Boro

Scarborough Athletic head to Dunswell Park tonight to play in the club's first pre-season friendly against NCEL Division 1 side East Yorkshire Carnegie.

Boro have been back in training for a couple of weeks ahead of the new season, with the game this evening a chance for all the players to get some game time in before the opening match at the new Flamingo Land Stadium against a Sheffield United XI.

New midfielder Nathan Valentine is excited to get started with the first friendly.

"It's all about giving the lads minutes in a competitive scenario, to start putting the work we've done in training into practice.

"I've loved the training so far, everything about the club has a professional feel to it, it's hard not to be impressed. We've started to get to know one another as a squad and the game against East Yorkshire Carnegie is another step towards getting ready for the new season."

Valentine, who joined the club from Frickley over the off season, has high hopes for the Boro squad.

"The expectations were laid out to us in the very first session by the management, it means we're all clear about what we want to achieve. Everyone has been pushing each other on with the running and then we've been doing lots of speed work to build that side up.

"I knew a lot of the lads already, but I spoke to Jameel Ible and Benny Igiehon and they had nothing but good things to say about the club, so that made my mind up really."

Rob Youhill is away so misses out on the first friendly, with Luke Dean still recovering from a recent operation. Otherwise Steve Kittrick has almost all of his new squad available for the first run out.

Admission to the friendly at Dunswell Park (HU6 0AA) is £5 Adults and £3 Concessions. Kick-off is 7:45pm

The Boro Under-13s, led by Chris Kendall will be playing the East Yorkshire Carnegie U13s from 6pm, with free entry for all spectators in the ground before the juniors kick-off.

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