Jack Johnson enjoying life at Boro ahead of Ossett Albion trip
By Will Baines
Defender Jack Johnson is enjoying life at Scarborough Athletic after joining the club last month.
Ahead of the game against Ossett Albion tonight (7:45pm KO), the 18-year-old is hoping to continue to play a part in a promising start to the season for Steve Kittrick’s side.
He said: “It’s been really good so far, I’ve found the club to be run professionally. On the pitch I just want to take things one match at a time and hope I can secure a regular place."
The right-back started his career as a junior as Doncaster Rovers, spending 8 years as part of the youth setup at the Keepmoat Stadium before moving on to FC Halifax Town.
The move to a new club has been a breath of fresh air for the youngster, as he seeks to build up his experience in senior football.
“I want to get used to senior football at a good level with Scarborough Athletic. I’m still only 18 so I’ve got a lot to learn, but at the moment it’s been fantastic. Dan Stimpson was great alongside me in the first half against Brighouse, he kept talking to me and helping me throughout. All the lads have been really supportive though, encouraging me in games to keep me going.”
After 90 minutes in the Integro Cup win over Sheffield FC, the right-back was expecting to drop to the bench for the game against Brighouse at the weekend. But the Boro manager stuck with the defender, a move that surprised even Johnson himself!
Jack Johnson in action against Sheffield FC - Photo credit Will Palmer Sports
“I’d pulled up at training on Thursday with my groin, so I wasn’t expecting to feature at Brighouse. I spoke to Steve on Friday and we agreed to see how it was the next day, and I woke up feeling much better.
“It was still a big surprise when the gaffer read my name out to start again, but I enjoyed the experience and it was good to get the win. We didn’t stick to the game plan, so we had to go back to basics to just get through with the win.”
Johnson’s move to Scarborough came about as he was finding chances limited at National League side FC Halifax Town.
“Halifax told me it would be another year or two before I would be in the reckoning for the first team, so I decided I needed a new start somewhere else. Steve had been asking me in pre-season what my future plans were, so when I decided to move, Scarborough was top of my list.”
The support that follows Boro home and away also stood out for Johnson when deciding his next move over who to join.
“I went to see the Ossett Town away match and you could see how much it meant to the fans. Playing in front of big crowds at the new ground is another big plus point and shows the club is heading in the right direction.”
Ossett Albion go into the game tonight on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Glossop North End on Saturday, to sit in 21st position with 1 point after 7 matches. The draw came with a 0-0 scoreline against Brighouse Town.
Boro moved up to eighth after the win over Brighouse Town at the weekend, with 10 points from the opening 5 games.
Max Wright serves the final game of his suspension tonight, with Jimmy Beadle, Dan Stimpson and Lewis Clarkson likely to miss out through injury.
Defender Matty Turnbull is set to return to the squad after the recent birth of his first daughter Lola Rae.
The team will be managed by Chris Bolder and Steve Roberts tonight, with Steve Kittrick away.
There are still seats on the Supporters Club minibus to Ossett, setting off at 5pm from the train station.
Contact Ken Pattison on 07736 790418 for more information
Dimple Wells Road, Ossett, WF5 8JT
Weather: wet and windy - wrap up warm!
Admission is £7 for Adults, £4 for Concessions and £1 for U16s
There are 7 other games tonight in the Evo-Stik North:
Colne v South Shields
Colwyn Bay v Hyde United
Goole AFC v Ossett Town
Kendal Town v Trafford
Mossley v Tadcaster Albion
Radcliffe Borough v Prescot Cables
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