Match Preview: Boro and South Shields meet again for Trophy tie
By Joe Usher and Will Baines
Scarborough Athletic head into today’s Buildbase FA Trophy game against South Shields knowing their Evo-Stik North rivals all too well.
Boro's one and only league defeat so far this season came in the home game against Shields in August, with Steve Kittrick’s side falling to a 3-1 defeat, although the game was blighted by the early dismissal of Max Wright.
The squad is in good spirits having advanced in the FA Cup midweek in extra time, a 4th 4-1 win in the last five matches, and will be keen to add to an impressive unbeaten run that stands at 10 games in all competitions.
The extra time victory brings opportunities for Scarborough to show their impressive squad depth, despite losing Emile Sinclair this week, the squad is still in a strong place.
The FA Trophy competition holds a special place in the hearts of Scarborough FC fans, with the memorable trips down to Wembley in the 1970s. Scarborough FC reached the FA Trophy final on 4 separate occasions between 1973 and 1977, with Colin Appleton’s side beating Wigan Athletic 2-1 in 1973, before a 4-0 defeat to Matlock Town in 1975. The glory days returned in 1976 against Stafford Rangers, with a late Sean Marshall penalty sealing a 3-2 win, before triumphing the following year over Dagenham and Redbridge with a 2-1 win.
Today's opponents sit top of the league in the Evo Stik North, and like Boro have lost just once in all competitions all season, coming off impressive victories over York city and Darlington in the FA Cup recently they're sure to be keen to show off their razor sharp attack, who have scored in every one of their games this season. Having already come away victorious once from the Flamingo Land Stadium this year, the Mariners will be keen to maintain their form in cup competitions having won the FA Vase at Wembley over the summer, demolishing Cleethorpes Town to complete the quadruple for Graham Fenton and Lee Picton’s side.
Saturday is all set to be another high class encounter between the two sides.
FA Cup hero James Cadman is still on a high from the midweek success over Stratford Town in the replay in the West Midlands.
“It was an unbelievable feeling to make such an impact so late in the game. I was warming up with Charlie (Binns) and Matt Dempsey and we said the game was so open in extra time. They were piling on the pressure trying to get a second goal but leaving gaps at the back, so with some fresh legs and a bit of pace I thought I could definitely do a job.
“Sometimes you can come on in the closing stages and not make an impact, so it was an unbelievable feeling to score twice.”
Looking ahead to the game today, Cadman knows it will be another tough test against the in-form Mariners.
“South Shields have shown in the FA Cup against National League North sides that they are such a threat. I felt we were in the game earlier this season until the sending off of Max Wright, and we are also in great form ourselves so it should be a cracking Trophy tie.”
Matty Turnbull is expected to return after suffering with flu, with new striker Nathan Curtis back in the squad after missing the cup ties as he is cup-tied. Billy Logan is also back in contention.
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