Scarborough Athletic assistant manager Chris Bolder says the club returning to the town is a crucial moment in their history writes Tom Feaheny.
The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North side will face Sheffield United on Saturday in their first game at The Flamingo Land Stadium.
Bolder can’t wait for the game to take place and the team to play in the area once again.
“The first game back is so important for the club, the town has waited for this moment for 10 years and to return in such a fantastic ground is going to be special.
“It will be extra special for all the fans especially those in particular who have followed the club for many years and been over to Bridlington countless times.”
“We can’t wait to get playing games at the new ground. It’s a great set up with a surface that will hopefully be beneficial to how we want to play. We need to make it a fortress especially with our very vocal fans behind us.”
Last season they narrowly missed out on promotion after losing to Ossett Town in the play-off semi-final. Bolder believes they can use that as motivation along with a good pre-season to challenge for the title.
“We are very happy with the current squad both our retained players and the new ones that have come in. The first stages of pre season have gone really well and the lads have looked very strong and have shown a tremendous attitude towards the sessions and each other. We have a squad of players who are determined to be successful. They also know that it will be a very challenging league this year.”
For Bolder this is his first pre-season where he is not playing in a long time after he opted to follow the doctors’ advice and end his career. The assistant says he has enjoyed his coaching role so far.
“It’s been a smooth transition really and something I am really relishing. I enjoy putting together sessions that the lads will enjoy. At the same time develop in the key areas they need.
“We are working hard as a management team to make everything as professional as possible. The other members of backroom staff are really doing a great job in helping us to achieve that.”
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