Steve Kittrick pleased with character shown in Trafford win

By Will Baines

Scarborough Athletic manager Steve Kittrick was pleased with the character shown by his side in their 2-1 win over Trafford on Saturday.

A header from James Walshaw and an own goal from Trafford defender Lee Neville gave the visitors a two goal lead, but the home side grabbed a goal back and Jimmy Beadle was sent off as Boro were forced to tough it out to get the win.

After the match, the Boro boss said: “We made hard work of it, as Wally and Max had a chance to make it 3-0 and then it’s a different game.

“At 2-0 there’s always a chance for Trafford to get back into it and they nearly did that.”

The sending off of substitute Jimmy Beadle just five minutes after coming on gave Trafford a route back into the game, with Kittrick believing the red card was a bit hasty from the referee.

“I didn’t think too much about it really, it was just a yellow and a talking to. The Trafford player didn’t need any treatment; he just got up and walked away so that says something. I think if the referee had stepped back and consulted his linesman then he might have seen it differently but he’s said about the intent and if that’s the case then fair enough.”

The Athletic manager was keen to praise the travelling fans, with around 150 making the trip across the Pennines.

“The fans were fantastic, in that last ten minutes it helps push you on and today it helped us over the finishing line."

The game on Saturday marked the start of a trio of away games, with Mossley next up.

“I think the away games over the next fortnight will be similar, they’re all teams from this area in Mossley and Radcliffe and the pitch isn’t going to be nice at this time of year but you’ve got to tough it out.

“I think we made hard work of it, it should have been 3-0 but we dug deep and showed some bottle.”

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