Boro boss has mixed feelings after opener

Boro striker Ollie Ryan is congratulated by Tommy Adams after the first goal    Pictures by Number 10 Sports Photography
Boro striker Ollie Ryan is congratulated by Tommy Adams after the first goal Pictures by Number 10 Sports Photography
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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk had mixed feelings after his side’s opening win at Hall Road Rangers.

Boro kicked off their NCEL Premier campaign with a 2-1 victory on the road, thanks to goals from debut boys Ollie Ryan and James Bennett.

Funk’s men may have not been as convincing as expected, but they still gathered the three points to push them up alongside the division’s early leaders.

The Boro manager said: “I was a little bit nervous ahead of the game because we have made some great signings. We do have a decent side and the expectation level has grown from last year. That was proved by the amount of Boro fans that turned out to see the individuals we had on show.

“The team were maybe not in full flight, but that was to be expected with all the hype and the fact that Hall Road are a very good side.

“We have played well in pre-season, but when the league starts it is all completely different.

“We tried to play the ball forward a lot quicker than I wanted them to, but we had a chat about it and we will work on it.

“There was no real danger from them, but we did manage to concede what was a very soft penalty. I am a big fan of referees, but that was ridiculous, especially on the opening day of the season.

“Overall though, a win is a win and we have the three points to get our season underway.”

Funk’s transfer radar still looks to be working overtime as he moved on Saturday to complete the signing of veteran former Hull City and Macclesfield Town keeper Steve Wilson.

Wilson, 38, played over 300 Football League games before moving into non-league to turn out for the likes of Worksop and North Ferriby United.

Funk added: “We have signed Steve on as a bit of cover because Kevin Martin has been struggling a little bit with a back injury.

“Steve is a very experienced keeper, if you want to do well and have a good season then you need that in your side. His addition will give Kevin a little bit more breathing space.”