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Can New Stadium Bounce Bring Sunshine to Scarborough?

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Steve Kittrick knows it’s going to be harder than ever to win promotion from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s North division – but is hopeful of a new stadium bounce.

Scarborough are back home and their manager has spoken ahead of this weekend’s league opener with Hyde, a side predicted to also compete this season.

The Seadogs are hoping for another season up amongst the promotion places but their manager accepts his team aren’t big spenders in comparison to some.

“There are about five or six teams who, with the players that they had bought in, will expect to be up there,” he said. “We’ve got a new stadium and it’s fantastic but can’t suddenly say we’re going to spend big.

“We’ve just got to keep battling and keep believing. We’re thrilled to be back in Scarborough and the hope is that the fans continue to back the club in numbers.

“It’s not a case of being back home and chucking cash around at players, we have to find other ways to be successful. We’re not as lucky as some clubs in that respect.”

Scarborough’s first league game in their new ground sees Darren Kelly’s Hyde make the trip.

Kittrick feels the Tigers will be one of the sides challenging – and of course the opposition will know all about 3G pitches having one of their own.

“It’s a difficult first day game but they are all tough matches in this league,” he said.

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