Boro reached the quarter-finals of the NCEL League Cup with a 1-0 victory at Long Eaton this midweek.
Rudy Funk made wholesale changes to the squad from the previous game, resting the entire first team. Only Andy Milne of the 14 strong squad had featured in the previous match (he was on the bench, unused). And only four who started the game had played for the first team this season.
Jermain Hollis and Henry Sibenge returned to play for the club after leaving to play elsewhere during the season – Boro still holding their registrations. Louis Horne and David Brown also started. Dom Richardson, who scored the winning goal, had previously played three times for the first team.
Full debuts were given to Rory Skelton, James Seymour, Carl Hepples (brother of Gary, registered to Pickering in NCEL competitions), Francis Anyanwu, Eric Hall and Harry Holden, with Adam Ykhlef and Dan Baldry making sub appearances; all barring Anyanwu had made the step up from the reserves side run by Steve Brennan, Gary Simm and Sean Chapman.
Keeper Skelton became the first player to play for five different SAFC teams – u16, u18, u19, reserves and firsts.
The game featured the most ever debuts in one game, not counting the Teversal opener in 2007 when everyone who played made a debut, since the first games of the 11-12 and the current 12-13 season. Six players made debuts against Parkgate in 2011 (Ed Eley, Daz Winter, Chris Hewitt, Tony Hackworth, Curtis Bernard and Ant Lynam) … and again six players debuted against Hall Road in August 2012 (Gareth Clayton, Andy Milne, Pete Davidson, Tom Adams, James Bennett and Ollie Ryan).
Boro have now used 43 players in all competitions this season, which is by far the most players used in first team matches in a season since formation, beating the previous record of 39 players in 09-10 and 10-11.
And Boro have now used 135 players since formation, an average of 22.5 players per season.
And finally, the official attendance at Long Eaton was the lowest ever in competitive games involving Scarborough Athletic. There were 52 people in attendance. The previous lowest was at Askern Villa in 2008-09’s league cup second round match – which Boro won 2-1 after extra time.
Boro travel to Thackley in the quarter-finals on April 16th.
All the new names, their positions and dates of birth are now added to this season’s playing stats. The all-time stats will be updated soon.
Find all this season’s facts and stats HERE