SCARBOROUGH Athletic manager Steve Kittrick dedicated the club's play-off qualification to former chairman David Holland.

Boro were due to host Ossett Town in the Evo-Stik League division one north play-off semi-finals last night (Tuesday) after qualifying courtesy of a weekend victory over Colwyn Bay.

The winners will visit Farsley Celtic or Colne in Saturday's final.

Boro won their final eight league games to finish third in the table and maintained hopes of promotion ahead of the the club's return to a new stadium in Scarborough this summer.

However, the death in February of chairman Holland - a lifelong supporter of the club - had cast a poignant shadow over the club's late assault on the play-offs.

Speaking after Saturday's 1-0 win at Colwyn Bay, Kittrick said: "We have got two games to go - and that is for David. He wanted us to get in the play-offs.

"The other two are for Wendy (his widow) and his family; (we want) to go win it and get back in the league above."

Striker Jacob Hazel scored the only goal of Saturday's game and the clean sheet extended Boro's period without conceding in the league to 728 minutes.

Whitby Town, meanwhile, won their final league game of the season against Hednesford but finished sixth in the premier division and missed out on play-off qualification by two points.

Dale Hopson scored the only goal of the game after 66 minutes and was also the man of the match.

Chris Hardy's men had been play-off contenders until the penultimate game of the season when a 5-1 defeat at champions Blyth Spartans made it mathematically impossible to finish in the top five.

Whitby now have three weeks to wait before playing Pickering Town in the North Riding County FA Senior Cup final at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Monday, May 15.

Whitby chairman Graham Manser, who is also a Middlesbrough supporter, said: "I know Whitby Town played at the old Ayresome Park ground in the early 1990s, but we’ve not played at the Riverside so I’m sure it will be a great night and, hopefully, we can come away with a bit of silverware.

"It's a brilliant idea to play it there. And being a big Boro fan, I’m thrilled."