From the Boardroom: Ossett Town (Tuesday 28 November)

Read the views of Scarborough Athletic vice-chair Fred Firman for the matchday programme against Ossett Town in the Integro League Cup on Tuesday night.

Good evening everyone and a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Ossett Town AFC for the first of two visits to the Flamingo Land Stadium before Christmas for tonight’s Integro League Cup fixture, we wish you an enjoyable evening and a safe journey home after the game.

Boro have so far seen off Sheffield FC and Whitby Town in this competition in enjoyable games and will be looking for more of the same tonight. Due to the nature of the rules in this competition we may also be able to see Emile Sinclair back at the Flamingo Land Stadium after scoring a hat trick for us in the earlier rounds, of course this also means that we have extra options of our own.

Games against Ossett Town have been very competitive affairs in recent seasons including last season’s play-off semi final defeat in what was our last competitive home fixture at Queensgate. While the result did not go positively on that rainy evening in Bridlington the four figure attendance underlined the potential for attendances in our first season back home and gave reason for optimism, thanks to your terrific support our home crowds to date have proved that was not misplaced.

Earlier this season we played our seemingly traditional early season Tuesday evening game away against tonight’s opponents, it was a real game of two halves with the home team starting strongly before Jimmy Beadle equalised on the stroke of half time and even following a second goal from sub Billy Logan and a strong second half display we still had to survive an injury time penalty scare to gain a welcome 2-1 victory at Ingfield.

Saturday’s trip to Colwyn Bay ended in frustration for everyone as the game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch following heavy rainfall in the morning. Of particular frustration was that so much of the pitch seemed playable but there were clearly unplayable areas and the correct decision prevailed. It was just a shame that due to the particular circumstances the decision came so late in the day with the team and so many Seadogs already in the ground. What was great to see though was the team and fans reacting so positively to the disappointment and enjoying some time together before starting the long journey back home, thank you to all those who made the trip.

There will hopefully be a new attraction at the Swimming Pool end this evening with the first “prototype” terracing in residence as the ground development team work on options regarding sizing and final design. It must NOT be used tonight under any circumstances, and on its own might not appear to be the new Kop, but it is another important step (pardon the pun) towards our objectives.

Up the Boro

Fred Firman

Fred Firman (right) with Boro skipper Dave Merris

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