Sports Head For The Seaside: Scarborough (A)

by Peter Scherer

Following our own disappointment of the home defeat to Bamber Bridge, Scarborough Athletic our hosts this Saturday, were on the receiving end of a 6-0 thrashing at FC United. 

They have four wins so far this year, but only one of them was at home, 2-0 against Warrington. This weeks defeat has dropped them to 12th in the table, three points clear of Mickleover in 17th, but they both have identical goal differences of -7.

Lets take a look at their side…………..

Ryan Whitley is the first choice goalkeeper, on loan from York City until January. He has also had loans spells at Whitby and South Shields.

Assistant manager Michael Ingham is usually the number two keeper. A Northern Ireland International at both full and under 18 and  23 levels, he had six years at Sunderland, after they signed him from Cliftonville. His numerous loans included Carlisle, Coleraine, Stoke City, Stockport, Darlington, York City, Wrexham and Doncaster.

He went to Hereford following his release from Sunderland and has been at York and Tadcaster until moving to Scarborough this summer, with a host of league experience behind him.

They have also had US born keeper Thomas Brown on the bench, a teenager who has come to the UK to launch his career.

Central Defender Bailey Gooda has returned to Scarborough after a spell at Hyde last season. He has also played at Frickley and Harrogate too and started this season at Matlock Town. He started out as a Barnsley Junior.

Left back or midfielder Ashley Jackson came to our hosts in August 2020, from Boston Utd, where he spent two years after joining them from Ossett Town.

Dylan Cogill can play centre or left back. The ex Huddersfield Academy player  had a loan spell at Clyde, before joining then permanently after his release by the Terriers. After a year in Scotland he joined Farsley Celtic, from where he joined the Sea Dogs last summer.

Will Thornton is another centre back who was signed from Guiseley, after they had sent him out on loan to Gainsborough Trinity. Similarly Kieran Weledji came to the club around the same time, after five years at Whitby. He came out of the Middlesbrough youth scheme.

After six years at Tadcaster defender Josh Barrett made the move to Scarborough. He started as a striker in Leeds United Academy and also played for York City.

Simon Heslop is a vastly experienced midfielder. He started out at Barnsley, making one first team appearance, but had loans at Kidderminster, Tamworth, Northwich, Halifax, Grimsby, Kettering and Luton.

He then made a permanent move to League two Oxford, making 102 appearances and scoring nine goals over three seasons. His next moves were League One Stevenage and League Two Mansfield, spending a season at each, making another 65 league appearances, before stepping into the National League with Torquay, Wrexham and York.

After a loan at Eastleigh he went to Boston Utd and came to Scarborough from Blyth Spartans this summer.

Theo Hudson is a very recent signing from Ashton Utd. The attacking midfielder was a Leeds Utd Academy player, before joining Darlington. 

Ryan Watson is another experienced midfielder, who started his career at Huddersfield and made the first team on three occasions. He joined Bradford PA for 2010/11, but soon moved on to Farsley Celtic, where he spent two seasons.

Next stop Curzon Ashton, but after four seasons he returned to Farsley, from where Scarborough signed him for the 2018/19 season.

Central or defensive midfielder, Kieran Glynn came to the Sea Dogs in July last year after an initial loan from Salford City. He started out with FC United before joining Salford in 2018. Loans at Chorley, Woking and Southport preceded his move to Scarborough.

Northern Ireland under 21 midfielder Lewis Maloney was a new signing this summer. He came through Middlesbrough’s Academy, before joining Gateshead on his release. He came to Scarborough after two years at Marske Utd.

James Cadman is an ex Mickleover midfielder. He started at the Rotherham Academy, before moving on to Stalybridge, Harrogate and Hyde. He came to Mickleover in June 2019 from Scarborough, before making his return a year later.

Striker Nick Hutton has previously been at Harrogate Town, but impressed manager Jonathan Greening in pre-season and his stay has become permanent.

Nathan Cartman began his career at a Leeds Utd junior and captained their Youth Team, before joining Harrogate Town, Liversedge and Brighouse. The striker hit scoring form at Harrogate RA and joined Darlington for 2014/15, where he started until moving on to Farsley in late 2018. He has been at Scarborough since June 2020.

Striker and coach Ryan Blott is the clubs record goal scorer having left for Pickering Town in 2017 with 250 goals under his belt. He returned to the club in January last year, initially as a junior coach.

Jake Day has only just rejoined the club in the last week, after spending last season at Alfreton Town. He joined the Reds from Tadcaster in August 2020 and was at Scarborough in 2017 on a dual registration with Bridlington Town.

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