THE BIG PREVIEW: Sports' up for Rovers clash

THE BIG PREVIEW: Goalsports v Itis Itis Rovers
THE BIG PREVIEW: Goalsports v Itis Itis Rovers

In the first Scarborough News Big Preview, we look ahead to the League Cup clash between Goalsports and Itis Itis Rovers.

Mark Plumpton's Goalsports won promotion to Division Two last season, finishing in the runners-up spot behind FC Rosette, and have started life in the second division with a win and a draw from their four league outings to date.

They meet arguably the form team of the Scarborough News Saturday League in Division Three leaders Itis Itis Rovers, who have racked up seven wins from their seven league games, scoring a mammoth 52 goals in the process.

Sports boss Plumpton is confident heading into the League Cup clash, he said: "It should be a close game.

"On paper the teams are pretty similar, but we are missing Tyson Stubbings, who is going to Harry Potter World, which is a huge blow to us as he's been magical in front of goal this season.

"We'll also be without Glenn Hopkins, who has potentially injured his knee ligaments, and Brad Parkin with a broken collarbone.

"We'll still have a decent side out. Dan Pollard and Kieran Friett will be key for us and Kia Smith has been really impressive at centre-back too."

Rovers chief Barker is backing his free-scoring side to take the win and is eyeing both league and cup success this season.

"If we take our chances then we should win the game," said former Scarborough Athletic frontman Barker.

"We've scored a lot of goals, but we've also missed a lot of chances. Our 4-2 win at Goldsborough makes it sound like a close game, but in truth we could've scored 20.

"I think at full strength we'd give anyone a game, whether or not we'd be able to live with West Pier is another one as teams will struggle to stop Billy Logan and Sean Exley, but we'd like to target the league and also look at the Frank White Trophy and League Trophy too.

"We'll be without Sam Pickard and Liam Buglass this weekend, which is a big blow, but the likes of Curtis Rose, Luke Jones and Neil Forsyth will be key men for us."