In-form Bridlington Town striker Scott Phillips is detemined to score the goals to keep his team in the NCEL title race.
Defeat to Scarborough Athletic on Easter Saturday will realistically end the Seasiders’ hopes of top spot this season.
Phillips has grabbed six goals so far this month but knows they will count for little if Town can’t defeat their biggest rivals.
He has scored for both teams in East Coast derby matches down the years, netting a penalty for Boro in 2009 and then scoring in Brid’s 5-0 win in 2011.
He told the Free Press that both clubs hold a special place for him.
“Obviously, it is a special game for myself against Boro. I had four fantastically successful years there, winning lots of personal awards and gaining promotion with them,” said Phillips.
“I played under a few managers but the best was the late Brian France, a top man who made me into a much better player from when I first joined at 17 years old.
“I still have a few friends at Boro too so it will be great seeing them and having a good battle against them too.
“The majority of the fans were superb with me too and I know they may give me a few boos now, but it will be nice to see some familiar faces.
“At Brid, I’m enjoying my football even more at the moment with playing more games and scoring goals.
“I think I just needed to show the gaffer what I could do because I was a bit part player at the beginning of the season and I started to get frustrated. If it would have been a few years back I would have spat my dummy out and left but I had my stint on the bench, then broke into the side and have probably had one of the best seasons of my time in the NCEL.
The lads at Brid are different class, there’s no divide in the side where there easily could be with lads coming from Hull and Scarborough which I think is a massive part of why this Brid team has been as successful as it has. “I think that the game against Boro is going to be an absolute cracker and will have a massive say on the title run in. I just really hope we win the game and get ourselves back into it.”
The match kicks off at 11.30am on Saturday and fans are advised to get to Queensgate early, as the match is part of the NCEL Groundhopper weekend and a four-figure crowd is expected.