Midfielder Tom White keen to impress on loan spell at Boro

By Will Baines

Midfielder Tom White was delighted to make an impact on his debut in the 3-1 win over Droylsden on Saturday.

The 20-year-old was called off the bench in just the 23rd minute against Droylsden as an early substitute for the injured Nathan Valentine.

The new loan signing, who has joined for an initial month spell from National League side Gateshead, wasn’t expecting to get a chance to impress so early in the game.

“The manager said before the game that he wanted me to watch the game from afar and get a feel for things, but then Nathan picked up his injury so I got thrown in at the deep end early on” he said.

“Chasing the game at 1-0 down was a difficult situation, but we came through it with flying colours. There was a 10-15 minute spell just before the penalty when we were camped in their half and had lots of the ball, they were tiring and you knew it would just take one goal to get us going. 

“As soon as we scored the penalty I knew we were going to win and that extra bit of quality from the strikers saw us through. Turning the game around to get three points gives us all confidence for the games ahead, starting with the home game against Kendal on Saturday.”

Going into a new club midway through the season can be tough, but White found himself welcomed into the Boro squad at the Butchers Arms on Saturday.

“I felt right at home straight away, the lads went out of their way to have a chat and welcome me before the game. I’ve been on loan for a couple of times in the last year so I’m used to going into a new changing room for the first time. 

“I do think you have to earn the respect of your team mates by coming in and playing well, especially as I didn’t know any of the players before joining.”

The move to join Boro had been discussed right at the start of the season, but despite the move not going ahead, the 20-year-old had continued to keep an eye on the club’s fortunes. So when Steve Kittrick rang the midfielder last week Tom was quick to jump at the chance to get involved this time.

“The previous manager at Gateshead Neil Aspin spoke to me in pre-season and thought it’d be good to get out and play in front of big crowds. He suggested Scarborough as he knows Steve well so I attended the opening game at the new ground against Sheffield United in July. 

“I still felt I wanted to stick it out and fight for a place in the Gateshead team, so I decided it wasn’t the right time and left things as they were. I still kept an eye out for the Scarborough results and watched a few of the highlight videos online just in case something came up.

”The new manager Steve Watson suggested to me a couple of weeks ago about getting some more game time and I knew Scarborough had been interested before, so when Steve rang me last Wednesday before a reserve match and asked whether I was looking to go out on loan I was keen to get it sorted. I sent through the paperwork on the Friday and once the game was given the go ahead on Saturday I got straight in the car down to Droylsden.”

Tom was straight into the action in the middle of midfield, getting stuck in and showing good range of passing on a tricky surface. As the game turned in Boro’s favour, White was also involved in the goal celebrations, pictured jumping on the back of Michael Coulson and James Walshaw as the visitors eased into the lead.

“When we scored I was straight into the celebrations, I’m a passionate person and just wanted us to win. The goal has got to be to get promoted this season and if I can help add an extra 3-4 points during my time at the club then that’ll be job done.”

White was also impressed by the travelling support from the Boro fans at the Butchers Arms at the weekend and the way they kept encouraging the team as they searched for a way back into the game at 1-0 down.

“I only saw a little bit of the fanbase on Saturday, but to get a big travelling contingent to support you is massive for the club.”

The Gateshead midfielder joined Spennymoor on loan last season and has also gone out to Northern League sides West Auckland and Ashington this season to develop his understanding of the game.

“My time on loan in the Northern League showed me how physical you’ve got to be sometimes, you’ve got to work hard and graft to win games.”

During his time with Boro, White is keen to showcase his skills and help Steve Kittrick’s side finish as high as possible in the Evo-Stik North.

“I base my performances on creating goals, getting the ball moving and passing it accurately to my team mates. Strikers enjoy playing with me because I find space and create openings for them to put the ball in the net. My loan is for an initial month, but I want to contribute as much as I can and impress during my time at Scarborough.”

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