SCARBOROUGH Athletic return to action against Trafford on Saturday after the postponement of last weekend's Evo-Stik First Division North fixture at Ramsbottom United, writes Ian Appleyard.

The club is still mourning the loss of chairman David Holland who died last week following a period of illness.

Mr Holland's funeral will be held on Monday March 6 at 1pm at the East Riding Crematorium, followed by a celebration of his life at The White Lodge Hotel, Filey.

Manager Steve Kittrick admits that it is a 'difficult time' for the club but wants his players to honour Holland's memory by winning promotion.

"We have got to do it for Dave now," said Kittrick. "Hopefully we can get enough points to get in those play-offs and give him what he wanted.

"His dream was to go to back to a new ground in Scarborough and get back in the Evo-Stik Premier. That's all he wanted. I am gutted for him that he is not going to be able to see his dream."

Midfielder James Cadman is set to make his debut for the Seasiders after signing on a dual-registration from Harrogate Town.

Boro, who were held to a goalless draw by Ossett Town last Tuesday night, visit Clitheroe in the Integro League Cup quarter-final next Tuesday night, kick off 7.45pm

Whitby Town need a victory at Mickleover Sports this weekend to re-ignite a faltering promotion push.

Chris Hardy's men dropped out of the play-off zone last weekend after suffering a 3-1 home defeat to second-placed Stourbridge.

It was the team's eighth defeat in 13 games in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League and manager Hardy admitted afterwards that things need to improve.

"There is still plenty to play for," he said. "But unfortunately, our results since Christmas mean it's time to drop out of that top bunch.

"The table doesn't lie. We are dropping too many points on a regular basis. I don't believe the performance levels have dipped that much, it is just the fine margins that have been going against us.

"If we are to get back in it - and we are hopeful and confident that we can - our results need to improve," he added. "We have to be a little bit more consistent with results."

Whitby took the lead after just three minutes against Stourbridge thanks to a Dale Hopson freekick.

They also had several opportunities to increase the advantage but were let down by poor finishing.

The visitors turned on the style after the break and Luke Benbow, who also had a goal disallowed for offside, equalised after 56 minutes.

Tom Tonks put Stourbridge ahead in the 74th minute before Ethan Jones made it 3-1 with just over ten minutes to play.

Whitby are at home to Spennymoor Town next Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm.