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HEATH: “We’re now up there so we’re a scalp for teams!”

For the first time in over a month, Knaresborough Town will be hosting a league game at Manse Lane, and they welcome Bridlington to town for what is expected to be a festive feast.

We heard earlier from Brid’s Brett Agnew who wants to knock the festive “stuffing” out or Knaresborough, and now player-coach Colin Heath has responded, “First of all I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all at The Bootiful Game. We do appreciate your work as a club and the lads read a lot of the articles so thank you for everything!”

You’ve got Bridlington Town tomorrow. Both clubs are up there, third and sixth, with Bridlington having three games in hand over you so they’ll be wanting to knock the stuffing out of you!

“I could see that one coming and it’s all taken in jest! It’s a club we respect massively. They’ve got a good team, good management and they’ve done really well since we last played them.

“They beat us last time but, since then, they’ve picked up quite a lot so we’ll look forward to it but we know it’s going to be a hard task tomorrow.”

You beat Goole 4-1 last time out so you must be full of confidence.

“We’ve certainly found our goal-scoring touch again. The front four, as it is for us, are really confident of scoring goals. All of them can score when they’ve taken their chances so we’re confident. We just know it’ll be a big test tomorrow and we’re back at home for the first time in a few weeks so we’ll look forward to it.”

It must be nice to be back home in the league in over a month so it will be good to put on a show for your fans.

“Yes, we’re hoping for a good crowd tomorrow. Everyone’s full of festive cheer so we’re hoping we can get a few people down to the ground. I think the lads are more than ready. We had our Christmas do last week and had a good 25 people out with us. We’re all ready: the squad are united and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Are you expecting a similar side to the one you face in August or do you expect a different challenge with the change in the management team?

“I’ll probably expect the same again but I think that any team in this league has proved week after week that you’re never sure of who’s going to turn up or what team’s going to turn up and how teams will do. The other week there was a team [Thackray] that won 4-0 away at Bridlington and you look at that and wonder what’s going to happen.

We expect a tough test tomorrow and we know it’s going to be a hard game. We’re now up there so we’re a scalp for teams! We’ll be prepared for it tomorrow. We trained last night and we’re ready to go.”

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