Team news ahead of Scarborough Athletic’s clash with Carlton Town
In-form Jimmy Beadle will be missing from the Scarborough Athletic squad as Rudy Funk’s side welcome Carlton Town to Queensgate tomorrow for a 3pm kick-off.
Boro will be looking to complete a league double over the Millers, who they beat 3-0 on the road in October, but will have to do so without Beadle who serves a one-match suspension following his sending off at Sutton Coldfield last month.
Boss Funk feels that Beadle will be a big miss, but is confident that his side should still have enough to claim all three points.
He said: “Jimmy’s suspension is a blow, he’s been playing really well since he came in but we are looking forward to Carlton’s visit and hopefully, come quarter to five on Saturday, we’ll be celebrating three points.
“We showed great character to come back from 2-0 and 3-2 down against Belper last week and we’ll carry the belief we gained from that performance into this game.
“I know the Carlton players and their manager very well and I know that they will have a point to prove after we beat them at their place earlier in the season.
“They are well-drilled and an experienced side at this level, but I’m confident that whatever they throw at us we can deal with it and come away with the win.”
Boro have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Nottinghamshire side’s visit, with long-term absentees Joe Lamplough and Mike Atkinson the only other players unavailable.
Funk added: “Joe is still struggling with his thigh and Mike Atkinson is probably a week away from resuming training, but apart from those two, everybody is fit and ready to go.
“It has been nice not having the midweek fixtures in recent weeks because it has allowed the players more time to recover and shake off those niggling injuries.”
The Boro chief is keen for his side to get back to winning ways following a loss and a draw in their last two league outings.
Funk does however feel that bad luck has played its part in recent weeks.
He added: “We are in a situation now where we need to put another run of wins together, but I don’t feel we are too far away from doing just that.
“I try not to criticise officials but I think that at Sutton Coldfield and last week against Belper we have been really unlucky with some of the decisions that have been given against us.
“Gary Bradshaw was brought down by the Sutton goalkeeper when he was the last man, but their man wasn’t sent off, and then Jimmy Beadle got a really harsh red card.
“We have seen video evidence that Belper’s third goal was clearly offside and Andy Milne also had a goal chalked off in that game due to a decision that I really cannot understand.
“If it wasn’t for those decisions, I think that both games could have ended up very differently.”