From the Boardroom: Kendal Town (13/01/2018)
Good afternoon everyone and a warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of Kendal Town FC to the Flamingo Land Stadium for this afternoon's Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North fixture, we hope you enjoy your day.
When we visited Kendal earlier in the season on a very wet and dismal day, we came away with a hard earned point on a very difficult playing surface compared to what we enjoy here at home. Kendal is a very friendly club and I witnessed the "Chairman's Performance of the Season", let me explain. He greeted us as we arrived as the head of match day security and then he was looking after everyone at half-time as a club host. The next time we saw him was walking around the perimeter, getting soaking wet selling raffle tickets, then it was back to security to keep an eye on our fans after some very strange decisions by the officials. After the match he was back to being the genial host. He told me he really enjoys away games and I can see why. I hope George and his hard working Directors enjoy their day with us (apart from the result of course).
Since I last wrote my programme notes, we've played five games and what a festive period it has been. It didn't start well at Hyde United and we all came away very gloomy after a 3-1 defeat! As often happens social media went into melt down because according to some that was our season finished. How wrong could they be?! Boxing Day saw us beat Tadcaster Albion 3-0 in front of a bumper crowd of just short of 1,400. It was clear that the town has missed Boxing Day football in Scarborough. Then Clitheroe came to visit and at that time were the form team in the league. Again a great crowd of over 1,000 saw us win 4-1 and bring 2017 to an end. Then up to South Shields for the game that no one said we could win. Hundreds of supporters travelled up the A19 and many other directions as well to see us win 3-1 and inflict South Shields first home defeat for over a year. A great crowd of over 1,800 saw a very good game of football where every Boro player put a real shift in. The "love in" with Shields continued at the end with none of their fans begrudging us the win and all around the ground you could see supporters from both sides shaking hands. As I said at the time it was non-league football at its best. Last Saturday we travelled to Droylsden and after a shaky first half came back to score 3 goals in 7 minutes in a second half spell when we were unplayable to win 3-1.
So following the disappointment of Hyde we've had four straight wins, scored 13 goals and conceded only 3 and moved up to second in the table, we need to keep this momentum and push on. Certainly over the festive period and last week at Droylsden we've seen the traveling support growing and talk to any player and they'll tell you how much that support means to them. At home our crowds are continuing to grow and if we can maintain attendances above 1,000 not only does it create a surge of noise to push the team forward it also sends out a message to the football world that something is brewing in Scarborough.
Enjoy the game
"Up the Boro"
Chairman - Scarborough Athletic