SCARBOROUGH Athletic manager Steve Kittrick wants the club to spend more next season in order to win promotion, writes Ian Appleyard.

Boro missed out on a place in the Evo-Stik Premier League last week after losing in the First Division North play-off semifinals to Ossett Town.

Farsley Celtic, who had finished runners-up in the table, have since been promoted with champions Lancaster City after beating Ossett in the play-off final.

Speaking after his side's 3-1 defeat in the semifinal, Kittrick urged chairman Trevor Bull to dig deep as the club prepares to move to its new stadium in Scarborough this summer.

"The chairman has got to be brave, if I am totally honest. The club has got to be brave, put their hands in their pockets, and give us a better budget than I have had this year and attract the better players," he said.

"They have got to be positive and pro-active," he added. "The club can't afford to stand still on the pitch just because they have got a new ground."

Former Guiseley and Telford manager Kittrick stressed that he wants to stay at Scarborough and build on his first full season with the club.

"I don't want to leave this club. It's a good club with a good dressing room," he said. "We have had a great run and a great season.

"If you had said we would finish third, we would all have been happy. And nine weeks ago everybody, apart from me, thought we were out of it.

"I am just gutted that we haven't got what we wanted - and we wanted to get in the league above."

Former Whitby Town manager Harry Dunn presented the awards at Whitby's Annual Presentation evening last week.

The Geoff Swales Memorial online Player of the Year went to 31 goal leading marksman Dale Hopson who also won the Players' Player of the Year award.

Having missed out on promotion from the Evo-Stick Premier League, Whitby still have one more game to play - the North Riding FA Senior Cup final against Pickering Town at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Monday May 15, kick-off 7.30pm.