GAME OFF: Boro go to Mossley
GAME OFF: Following a pitch inspection this morning, the game at Mossley is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.
By Joe Usher
Scarborough Athletic will travel to Mossley off the back of 8 straight wins in all competitions and losing only once since mid-November.
The Seadogs currently sit 2nd in the table, one point behind South Shields, who have a game in hand that was due to be played on Tuesday, but was called off with a new date yet to be announced. Boro are also 2 points clear of Hyde United in third.
Last Saturday's 2-1 win at Trafford was a hard fought affair especially with Boro going down to 10 men midway through the second half. The Seadogs now have a big month coming up, playing fellow promotion hopefuls Bamber Bridge twice and with other fixtures for other teams, such as South Shields vs Hyde United, the promotion picture should become a lot clearer by the middle of March.
Boro have dropped points only 4 times on the road this season, 3 times coming away with nothing against Glossop, Prescot Cables and Hyde, so they will be keen to keep up their hot streak away from home. But they won’t have it all their own way, Mossley’s home form has been very good, losing only twice in the league at Seel Park.
The Lilywhites currently sit 14th in the Evo-Stik North table and are in mixed form ahead of Boro’s trip, winning their last game 2-0 against Colwyn Bay, however they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of bottom side Goole, going down 5-1.
The two sides last met in September on a Tuesday night when Steve Kittrick's side ran out comfortable 4-1 winners, with Billy Logan giving Boro an early lead, with a Michael Coulson penalty on the hour mark, an incredible strike from skipper Dave Merris and a rampaging run by Max Wright to curl into the top corner secured the win for the hosts.
Michael Coulson will be looking to extend his lead at the summit of the top scorers in the Evo-Stik North, having scored 22 times in the league format.
A win on Saturday could see Boro go back to the summit of the league table, before another midweek game at Radcliffe FC on Tuesday, before a first home game in three weeks against Skelmersdale United next Saturday.