Preview: Gooda keen to keep unbeaten run going
by Will Baines
Scarborough Athletic defender Bailey Gooda is hoping to finish his loan spell at the club with promotion.
Gooda put in another stand out performance at the back on Tuesday night as Steve Kittrick’s side came from behind to beat Radcliffe FC 3-1. The defender, who joined Boro back in December, believes this now stands the Seadogs in good stead to move up to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
The 21-year-old said: “We responded well at Radcliffe to going behind, grabbing an equaliser almost straight away. We went in at half-time and knew with the slope of the pitch in our favour in the second half, it would allow us to push on. Attacking downhill allowed us to play a lot higher as a defence and keep the pressure on Radcliffe and it paid off with the two goals in the second half to secure the win.”
Gooda has had to adapt in recent games with a new partner at the back, with Josh Snowden stepping in at centre-half and Sam Hewitt moving to right-back following an injury to Jack Johnson. Despite the change, the Harrogate Town loanee feels the change has gone smoothly.
“With the injury to Jack, the gaffer has had to move Sam out to the right and bring Josh in to play alongside me. Josh has come in after little game time and done well and helped keep things tight at the back.”
As the season enters the final fortnight, the former Barnsley youth player feels Boro are in a good position in 3rd in the Evo-Stik North.
“I tend to have a look at the league table when I get home from games and it’s so tight between us and Hyde for 2nd at the moment with just five games to go. I’m confident we can get that second spot to go up automatically if we hold our nerve as a side.”
“We went through a difficult March that made us regroup and refocus. If we’re honest we hadn’t played well for a few games prior to the Colwyn Bay game but managed to grind out wins. Losing a few games was a bit of a reality check and we kicked on since the Atherton game to get back on track. The guys up front have got scoring again and that can only help us in the run-in.”
With his loan spell at the club ending after the final league game against Ossett Albion, meaning the defender will miss the North Riding Senior Cup Final on 16 May, Bailey is hoping to help Boro to promotion and find the back of the net before the end of the campaign.
“My time at Scarborough has been everything I could have asked for, I’ve had lots of game time and enjoyed my time as part of a good squad of lads. My main focus remains promotion and that would be the perfect ending to finish the season.
"It’d also be nice to score, I was denied by the offside flag against Prescot Cables and hit the post a couple of times, so it’d be great to get on the scoresheet.”
Read more from Bailey in the Glossop North End matchday programme on Tuesday 24 April.
Bailey Gooda after his goal was disallowed against Prescot Cables
by Joe Usher
If Scarborough Athletic can make it 6 games unbeaten and 5 wins from those 6 games, it could put the Seadogs within 6 points of promotion.
3 wins from the remaining 5 matches will seal promotion for Boro as the best points per game ratio from the sides finishing 3rd at Step 4. However, the players and staff have all come out this week and have said they’re still focused on claiming one of the two automatic promotion spots and they don’t want to become embroiled in the “best 3rd place” scenario.
Boro come into this game on the back of Tuesdays 3-1 comeback win against Radcliffe FC. Goals from Nathan Valentine, Michael Coulson and James Walshaw sealed the victory to keep Steve Kittrick’s side in the mix.
Brighouse are a familiar enemy to Boro, with the Seadogs sealing the NCEL Division 1 league title against the Tangerines in the 2008/9 season with a 3-0 win.
But the game between the two sides that lives long in the memory is the title decider five years ago. At the end of the 2012/13 season, both sides were battling for the one automatic promotion place from the NCEL to move up to the Evo-Stik League, with the two sides meeting on 13 April 2013.
The game proved a nervy encounter but was settled by a goal from striker Ryan Blott before Jimmy Beadle sealed a 2-0 win with a fizzing strike from the edge of the area to help Boro take a huge step towards promotion and the league title.
Brighouse followed Boro into the Evo-Stik the following season and are now in their fourth season at this level.
However Vill Powell’s side have struggled this season to sit 21st in the Evo-Stik North. They have won 2 of their last 3 games though so should not be underestimated by the Seadogs.
Current Boro players Tommy Taylor and Sam Hewitt both played for Brighouse and will be lining up against their former side this afternoon.
Last time the two sides met, in September 2017, Michael Coulson whipped in a free-kick on 18 minutes to seal a narrow 1-0 win for Boro.