Preview: Slew keen to kick on after netting twice
Interview by Will Baines
Scarborough Athletic attacker Jorome Slew has enjoyed a brilliant week for the club, netting twice in two games to show exactly why Steve Kittrick brought him in just before the transfer deadline closed last month.
The 20-year-old backed up his sublime strike at home to Brighouse on Saturday with a close range goal that ultimately proved the winner against Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night.
Reflecting on his two goals ahead of the trip to Colne on Saturday, the former Chester and North Ferriby player was pleased to make an impact after coming on as a substitute and then again in his first start for Boro.
He said: “It’s part of the job really, you’ve just got to do your best and it’s paid off for me this week. The gaffer told me against Brighouse to work hard and make an impact and I managed to cause them a few problems with my runs and grabbed a goal late on. To back it up against Colwyn Bay on Tuesday was great and to get the win as well made it extra special.”
Slew certainly caught the eye of the Boro fans in spectacular fashion last Saturday, running on to a Michael Coulson backheel to hit it first time across the keeper and into the top corner.
“It’s something you have a go at in training but in a match situation it usually doesn’t come off! To be a part of the team and help the lads go on and win 4-0 was a fantastic feeling.
“The space just opened up when Coulo back heeled it and I thought I’ll hit it and it flew into the top bin. I saw that the keeper had shifted across from that side and so I put it back across him so he had to change his direction to try and save it.
“When I made my first appearance for the club I said that I wanted to score in front of the home crowd, and it was brilliant to score such a good goal and celebrate in front of them afterwards.”
Following the impact Slew made at the weekend, the pacy youngster was given a start on Tuesday and repaid the faith shown by Steve Kittrick with another goal, albeit this one was from inside the six yard box.
The recently announced @evostikleague North player of the season, Mike Coulson, wins it for @safc in the 78th minute after the ball is initially cleared off the line by @brizellj pic.twitter.com/LUByZKnIOm— Colwyn Bay FC 🏴 (@ColwynBayFC) April 17, 2018
“It was great to get a start after making such a long journey to Colwyn Bay. We got off to a slow start to go behind, but then we came out after half-time and put in a shift, the hard work and graft we put in paid off with the two goals we scored to turn the game around and get the win.
“When Coulo rounded the keeper I thought he was going to put it in, but then he was forced out wide so I made a run to give him an option in the box. I saw the defender on the line so I knew I wouldn’t be offside and then I was lucky that the shot was cleared off the line right to me to just tap it in.”
Slew is eager to impress further during his short spell at the Flamingo Land Stadium, and is hoping to put in another good display if given the opportunity against Colne, where a large travelling support is expected.
“I still feel like I have a lot more to offer, the manager saw I did well on Tuesday and I want to be involved as much as possible to help us get over the line for promotion. I'll do my research ahead of Colne to see what they're about and with a game plan from the manager we'll do our best to come away with three points.
“The fans are fantastic, to travel all that way on a Tuesday is incredible really, we all appreciate it!”
By Joe Usher
Scarborough face in-form Colne as they look to keep in the race for automatic promotion in their final away game of the season.
If Boro win and Hyde United lose, it means Steve Kittrick's side would go 3 points clear, with Hyde only having 1 game left to play and Boro having two left, next week at home to Glossop on Tuesday before the final game at home to Ossett Albion on April 28.
Scarborough extended their unbeaten run to 7, winning 6, after the comeback win at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday.
Opponents Colne, have been on a good run themselves, losing only 2 of their last 9 games, and drawing 1-1 at Bamber Bridge last time out. Steve Cunningham's side currently sit 8th, one place and one point behind last Tuesdays opponents Colwyn Bay. A win could move them back into the play-off picture with just a week of the season remaining.
A Scarborough win would all but seal the “best third place” accolade, with the reported figure being 89 points needed to seal that place.
The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 2-0 win to the Seadogs at the Flamingo Land Stadium, with Nathan Curtis and Jimmy Beadle hitting the back of the net.
Defender Jack Johnson is fit again and available for selection after the injury he sustained against Tadcaster Albion.
Josh Snowden is also back in contention after his nasty collision after Brighouse last weekend.
Luke Dean will play his last league game before his three match suspension kicks in after his straight red card against Colwyn Bay on Tuesday night, meaning the midfielder will definitely miss the Glossop and Ossett Albion home matches.
Colne v Scarborough Athletic
Utility Renewals Stadium, Harrison Drive, Colne, BB8 9SL
Admission: £8 Adults, £5 Concessions, £2 12-16 years, FREE Accompanied U12s
Colne have a bar offering alcoholic beverages and soft drinks and a cafe selling hot food such as burgers, hot drinks and pies.
Crisps, chocolates and sweets are also on sale in both the clubhouse and the bar.
Travelling fans are advised to arrive early as parking at the ground is limited.