Hume delighted with Ramsbottom win

Scarborough Athletic assistant manager Mark Hume has pinpointed a change of game plan for the quick start against Ramsbottom United on Tuesday.

The visitors found themselves two goals up within the first 5 minutes, with James Walshaw and Michael Coulson both netting to give Boro a dream start at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

The Athletic number 2, who joined the club as assistant to Steve Kittrick at the end of November 2017, was pleased with the lightning quick opening.

He said: “It was a very good start, there was not even a minute on my watch before we took the lead!”

“To get 2-0 up so early on a difficult pitch was great for us, but we changed our game plan to be more direct and it had an instant impact. I think that’s how we’re going to have to do things at the moment on the pitches we’ll be faced with following the recent bad weather.

“The first goal was an example of what we were talking about, getting the ball in behind with Coulo and Max’s pace, and Max carrying the ball and testing the keeper before the ball was rolled back across for Wally to finish with a tap in. That’s what we wanted, to suck them in and get it over the top and use the outlets of Coulson and Wright.”

With Boro looking to mix things up and try something different, the short corner routine paid off for a quick-fire second goal, with Michael Coulson leapfrogging the defender on the edge of the area to drill across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

“For the second, we’re always going on about the short corner option, it’s a good ploy. It pulls people out and makes spaces in the box, sometimes you’ve got to mix it up and we’ve caught them off guard for Coulo to net another goal.”

Despite going two goals up, Hume felt it was an uneasy score that still gave Ramsbottom a sniff to get back into it.

He said: “2-0 is always a difficult score line and their management threw the kitchen sink at us, putting four men up top and launching the ball forwards. We still had chances though and broke away a couple of times but just couldn’t get a third until Sam popped up.”

Despite the three goals and comfortable win, Hume was still looking for perfection and was frustrated in the manner of the Ramsbottom goal in the closing stages.

“It was a scrappy goal for us to concede; we’re not happy about it and we’ve had a discussion because we don’t want it to slip up in the same way again. We analyse everything to make sure if that scenario happens again then we know what we’re doing.

“It was a good performance, Ramsbottom is a hard place to come at this stage of the season. The back 4 did really well as a unit.”

This weekend sees a trip to promotion chasing Bamber Bridge against an in-form Brig side, although Neil Reynold’s side did slip up against Brighouse last weekend. Bamber came from 3-1 down to secure a point in a 3-3 draw, but Hume feels that you can’t take anything for granted in the Evo-Stik North.

“After 9 league wins on the bounce, we’re full of confidence, but Bamber are a strong side, it’s normally a decent pitch there and it will be a tough test for us. The league is so competitive, every week when you’re checking the scores there’s always a result that rocks up and makes you think wow! But it’s about what we do and how we perform, and we’re not looking any further than Bamber on Saturday.”

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