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Pickering Town chief braced for ‘fiesty’ derby fixture against Bridlington Town
Pickering Town midfielder Joel Ramm, pictured right, comes up against his former club tomorrow when the Pikes travel to Bridlington in the Northern Counties East League premier division. Picture: Gordon Clayton
THERE will be no big motivational speeches from Pickering Town manager Jimmy Reid tomorrow.
The Pikes chief declared his side would need no stoking up ahead of their Northern Counties East League premier division home tussle with leaders Bridlington Town.
The table-topping East Coast club boast a host of former Mill Lane players in their ranks and Reid is predicting a “fiesty” clash.
“We don’t need any motivation at all to go up against them,” said Reid.
“It’s going to be a good game... fiesty.
“When we are good, we are really good, but when we are bad, we are so bad you would think we’d never played before.
“When we play we can match the top sides. We have beaten Worksop (fourth), Scarborough (second) and Tadcaster (seventh) twice.”
Free-scoring Brid’s recent goal-getters have included ex-Pikes Carl Stewart, Josh Greening, Nathan Cook, Chris Batchelor and Billy Nogan.
Their line-up also features Tom Adams, last season’s Pickering captain who left with Joel Ramm in the summer.
Ramm has since returned and, on the eve of the derby, Eddie Cass has also rejoined the Pikes, although the latter will not figure at Mill Lane tomorrow.
Said Reid: “The grass is not always greener on the other side. Eddie Cass wanted to come back to us and we have got Joel Ramm back. He’s done really well.
“I won’t play Eddie against them out of respect for Brid because they let us sign him.”
When the sides last met at Mill Lane in March, the hosts won 3-1 thanks to a Stewart hat-trick.
The prolific striker has hit 21 goals this term, with fellow frontmen Craig Hogg on 21 and Greening on 15.
However, all their scoring exploits are topped by in-form Pickering marksman Liam Salt, who has 23 goals after a twin strike in last weekend’s win over Tadcaster Albion.
Reid said: “Salty has been awesome – a revelation. I take my hat off to him because he’s worked so hard to come back from injury.
“He told Steve Brown (assistant-coach) he would get 40 goals this season and Browny gave him odds of 66-1. I keep telling him to go and see the bank manager.”
Tadcaster Albion are without a game as scheduled opponents Parkgate are in FA Vase action, while Scarborough Athletic also have no fixture.
Former Tadcaster assistant-manager Rob Hunter and ex-Brewers coach Mark Smitheringale are the new management team in charge at Glasshoughton.
In division one, struggling Selby Town travel to second-placed Albion Sports, while Knaresborough Town host Appleby Frodingham.
Harrogate Town are at home to Hinckley in Blue Square Bet North, while Harrogate Railway travel to New Mills in Evo-Stik League division one north.