Roma Says Late Chairman Giving Scarborough Added Motivation For Play-off Bid

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Scarborough Athletic’s Dom Roma says the side are playing for the late chairman Dave Holland as they look to gain promotion from the Evo-Stik Northern Division One North.
The Seadogs have been on a good run in recent weeks winning fives matches in a row, they are just two points off the play-off places. Roma says Holland’s sad passing and the new stadium which they will play in from next season and return to the town are big incentives.
“The lads and everyone around the club are determined to get promoted for the chairman after the hard work he had done to take the club forward.
“There is definitely¬†a feel good factor at the club at the moment. The gaffer has took the club from battling relegation last season to fighting for promotion. This coupled with the new ground next season things are definitely on the up.
“I think it’s the togetherness the group has got and there is a good blend of experience and younger lads. We seem to be hitting form and the right time.”
Roma joined the side after playing then managing at Gainsborough Trinity and speaking of the differences from being the boss to playing he said.
“It’s a lot less stressful I can tell you that! It’s enjoyable again just enjoying my football, training and being one of the lads again. It was a great experience at Gainsborough and I learnt loads. As a player you have to just turn up and play as a manager you have to think about everything!”
The defender admitted that knowing people before joining helped him settle in quickly.
“My good mate Craig Nelthorpe sold the club to me really. Once I’d spoke to the gaffer my mind was made up to come here. The gaffer tried to sign me a few times when he was at Guiseley. I was pleased to get on board.”
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