RIVALS Bridlington Town and Scarborough Athletic go head-to-head for the second time in less than a month on Saturday.
Town take on their Queensgate tenants with both clubs still harbouring hopes of winning the Northern Counties East League title.
And although the Seasiders won the last encounter comfortably, 3-1, they will be wary of a Scarborough team who have scored 10 goals in their last three games.
Brid’s game at Hall Road Rangers last Saturday was postponed because of a frozen pitch, meaning manager Mitch Cook was able to watch Boro’s match against his former team Pickering Town.
Athletic won 3-1 but Cook said: “Pickering had more chances but Scarborough took theirs.
“Ryan Blott is well-known as a good goalscorer and the new lad (Adam Lee) looked sharp and quick. They look like they have the makings of a good partnership.
“We know that when we play Scarborough, there will be a big crowd, and obviously there is an extra incentive against them.
“But if we start letting things like that affect us, we stop doing the things we do normally, and we need to stick at what we normally do, playing well and winning at Queensgate.”
Town go into the game on the back of a 7-1 win against St Andrew’s in the East Riding Senior Cup quarter final on Tuesday evening.
Since winning the Boxing Day derby they have drawn 2-2 at home to Arnold Town and won 3-2 at Brighouse.
“We were disappointed the Hall Road game was off because it was a chance to continue to put a good little run together.
“Everyone thought we would have beaten Arnold but they have since beaten Parkgate and won their next match, so perhaps they weren’t as bad as they were made out to be.
The Seasiders are boosted by the fitness of new signing Craig Suddaby, who made his first appearance against St Andrews after his switch from Hall Road. Stuart Rice is suspended after his red card on Boxing Day, but skipper Tom Fleming is available, after being banned for Tuesday’s cup tie.
“Apart from that, we should be at full-strength barring any injuries from the cup game or at training,” Cook added.
Defender Frank Belt has returned to Bridlington after a spell with Athletic, and knows how much the game means to both sets of fans.
He said: “Since Scarborough came into the league, this has been the fixture you look for first.
“They have the biggest fanbase in this league, and probably the league above, so there will be a big crowd but I’m someone who likes to play with a bit of pressure on. It gets the best out of me.
“They are a well-structured club and they know what they want. They are ambitious and want what they have had in the past, to ultimately get back into the Football League.
“But at the minute, I think we have the edge football-wise. The team is doing well and I am happy back at Brid.
“A lot of the lads are good friends and it’s great to be back playing with people like Ash Allanson and Tom Fleming. I wasn’t really enjoying it at Boro.
“Here, in the dressing room everyone gets on with each other and Mitch likes to do things himself. If you get too many people involved it can cause a disruption.”
BRIDLINGTON Town will again go into a derby match against Scarborough Athletic as favourites with the bookmakers.
N Charles Bookmakers are offering odds on the outcome of the match, and just like on Boxing Day, the Seasiders have been installed as 5/4 favourites.
The home side are 8/5 with a draw priced at 2/1. Place your bets at Charles’ offices in High Street, West Street, Quay Road or Flamborough.