Pikes and Boro ready for friendly battle

Steve Kittrick
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Both Pickering Town and Scarborough Athletic are looking forward to a good test tonight when the clubs meet up in pre-season action at Mill Lane.

Boro have won each of their opening three preparatory games, while the Pikes are starting to hit form as they build up for an assault on the NCEL Premier title.

Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall

Liam Ormsby is an absentee for Boro, as is the injured Paul Beesley, though midfielder Matty Bloor returns to the squad.

The Pikes will be without Boro legend Ryan Blott, who is away, but another former Athletic man in Tony Hackworth is poised to start in attack.

Hackworth could be joined in the Pickering squad by a number of other players who have links to Scarborough, including Denny Ingram, Ged Dalton, Ryan Cooper, Joe Danby, Lewis Taylor and Matty Turnbull.

Pikes boss Paul Marshall said: "We're all looking forward to a good game and hopefully there will be a good turn-out of supporters to watch it.

"Scarborough are obviously a good side and they will provide us with another excellent test as we shape up for the new season."

Boro manager Steve Kittrick added; "The lads are getting to know each other now and we are starting to look like a team.

"We are moving forward in pre-season and I know that Pickering will give us a good test and a good battle, due to all the local links they have."