Osborne ready for cup action

Scarborough Athletic attacker Leon Osborne is looking forward to getting some game time under his belt in the Integro League Cup on Tuesday evening.

The 27-year-old is expected to feature in the preliminary round tie against the world’s first football club Sheffield FC at the Flamingo Land Stadium (7:45pm KO)

Osborne joined the club from Hyde United over the summer, and has been hampered by a niggling injury, but is looking forward to getting some minutes under his belt.

He said: “We are still building things up as a squad, getting used to the different formations and the styles of play we want to execute. I’ve got a good feeling about this season and we’ve got a good team spirit already in the dressing room that we can achieve our aim of promotion.”

Steve Kittrick’s side will be looking to maintain the good form they have enjoyed in the competition in recent years, finishing as runners-up with a last gasp final defeat to Marine in 2015/16, before making it through to the quarter-final stage last season.

One player who has decided to leave the club ahead of the game is Rob Youhill. The former Darlington and Harrogate Railway winger has made a handful of substitute appearances since joining the club in the summer, but after finding playing opportunities limited has decided to move on for more regular game time.

There are likely to be a number of changes to the Boro line-up as Steve Kittrick shuffles his pack ahead of the league game against Brighouse Town on Saturday.

Sheffield FC have not had the best start to the season, sitting in 17th position in the Evo-Stik South after 4 draws and 1 defeat from their opening 5 league games.

The decision to move to Scarborough Athletic was helped by the players Osborne already knew from his previous clubs.

“I am good mates with Luke Dean and already knew Ross Daly from my time at Farsley Celtic. I’ve played with Dave Merris a lot over on the left side before, so it means you have an idea of what the next move will be ahead of it happening. We go into this game full of confidence and it'll be a good opportunity to stake my claim for place in the team."

Read more from Leon Osborne in the matchday programme (just £2) tonight, including coming up against "The Beast" Adebayo Akinfenwa and his penalty shoot-out relief during his time at Bradford City.

Admission to the Flamingo Land Stadium is £10 Adults, £5 Concessions and Kids aged 11 and under £1

Note there is no extra time tonight, the game will go straight to penalties after 90 minutes if the scores are level.

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