Match Preview: Turnbull up for FA Cup tussle
By Joe Usher and Will Baines
Scarborough Athletic defender Matty Turnbull has said the whole club is “really excited” for Saturday's huge FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round clash with Hyde United at the Flamingo Land Stadium.
Turnbull, who returned to the starting XI last Saturday after missing both FA Cup games against Stratford Town through illness, has said that his “stop-start season” hasn’t knocked his confidence and he wants to get back to where he was at the back end of last year.
“In hindsight I think South Shields came a bit too soon for me and I should have left it another week, but I was keen to play and put my all in for the team. Training went well on Wednesday and I'm confident that I'll be fully fit and raring to go for Saturday” said the 24-year-old.
This is furthest ever run in the FA Cup since reforming as Scarborough Athletic in 2007, and the club will be keen to add to some of the famous FA Cup days of the past from the old club, most recently the clash with Premier League giants Chelsea in January 2004. In front of a huge crowd of 5,379 at the McCain Stadium, an early John Terry header saw The Seadogs fall to a narrow 1-0 loss at the Fourth Round stage.
Steve Kittrick's side will be keen to get back to some of the scintillating form they have shown in cup competitions so far this year, barring the disappointing 5-2 loss to South Shields last weekend in the FA Trophy.
Scarborough’s league campaign has been sitting on the back burners recently due to cup commitments, however they still sit up in fourth position, with at least 1 game in hand on the teams around them. Having seen off Stratford Town in extra-time in a replay of the third qualifying round tie, Boro will be eager to progress into the relatively unknown territory of the First Round Proper.
Opponents Hyde United have made a strong start to their league campaign, sitting 7th just outside the play-offs and only three points behind their hosts, yet they are the only unbeaten team left in the league having played nine games.
Darren Kelly's side come to the Flamingo Land Stadium in buoyant mood, and feeling they can take a positive result following the 0-0 draw between the two sides on the opening day of the new Evo-Stik North season, which could have gone either way. In the previous round the Tigers took out Boston Town 3-2 in dramatic fashion, however they did exit the FA Trophy with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Evo-Stik South side Cleethorpes Town and will be going all out this weekend to put that right.
When asked about Saturdays opponents Turnbull was quick to praise their start to the season, saying: “They’ve made a strong start and will be up there as promotion rivals with us, and on that opening day it was a tough test first up as they are a tough side to face at this level.
“But we're also confident. We’ve come a long way since that first game, Coulo is firing now and we’ve added well to build up the squad. The gaffer has brought in the likes of Max Wright, who has been huge for us so far this season. I think with the depth in the squad now we can bring on players to make a difference and change games, like in the Stratford replay it was great to see Cads (James Cadman) coming off the bench and scoring twice to get us through to the play Hyde.”
With the big prize of a potential tie with a Football League club at stake, this is sure to be a high quality affair between two sides who in the league look set to be pushing at the upper reaches of the table by the end of the campaign.
Striker Nathan Curtis is cup-tied for the game, but skipper Dave Merris returns after an enforced lay-off following his concussion against Stratford Town in the last round. Dan Stimpson is nearing a return to full fitness after a niggling hamstring injury, but this game has come a little too soon for the defender. Midfielder Jimmy Beadle continues to work with physio Christian Machen on his recovery from injury, but is taking his recovery slowly to avoid rushing back to play.
Scarborough Athletic v Hyde United
The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
Flamingo Land Stadium, Ashburn Road, YO11 2JW
Saturday 14 October (3pm KO)
There will be a minute's applause just before kick-off in memory of Scarborough FC FA Trophy winner Dick Hewitt.
Admission (Pay on the Gate): £10 Adults, £5 Concessions and £1 for Kids aged 11 & under NO Advance tickets
Turnstiles open 1:30pm, please arrive earlier than usual if possible as it is expected to be very busy around the Sports Village. Food is served from the van in the far corner of the ground, with a selection of pastys, snacks, hot and cold drinks available from the main clubhouse bar at the top of the stand.
250 parking spaces are available at the Sports Village, although these are expected to fill up quickly.
The Seamer Road Park and Ride site is also running as usual, with buses departing every 15 minutes down Seamer Road. The nearest stop to the ground outside the Minstergate Peuogeot Garage, from where you can cross the road at the traffic lights and enter the ground via the railway underpass. For prices and more information, click here.
Scarborough train station is just 1 mile away from the ground, roughly a 20 minute walk. For trains from York and Leeds, see www.tpexpress.co.uk. For train journeys from Bridlington and Hull, see www.northernrailway.co.uk
Our partners at CU Scarborough, located on Ashburn Road next to the stadium, are holding an open day to showcase the university courses they are running from 10am to 2pm. Please take the opportunity to have a look around the state-of-the-art campus and ind out more about their affordable, career-based degrees (Engineering, Primary Teaching, Nursing, Policing, Law) that allow you to fit other things in your life alongside your studies.
CU Scarborough are supporting the game with lots of staff and students expected to attend the game. The mascots will be wearing the CU Scarborough sponsored away shirts and free goodies will be handed out to Boro fans around the ground.
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