Boro boss ready for Shaymen

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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk can’t wait for tomorrow’s first big pre-season test at Halifax Town on Saturday afternoon.

Boro kick off their preparatory campaign without a number of players, though Funk is still relishing the challenge at the Shay.

In contrast, Halifax could throw in a number of new faces for the game, as boss Neil Aspin has made seven captures to add to last season’s squad that won promotion to the Blue Square Premier.

On Friday, former Guiseley captain Simon Ainge has today become Halifax’s seventh summer signing.

Ainge was released by fellow Conference Premier side Luton recently and has been capped by the England C side.

He joins fellow defender Marc Roberts, midfielders Matt Pearson, Keith Briggs and Adam Smith and forwards Kevin Holsgrove and Josh Wilson in signing for Town this summer.

Boro boss Rudy Funk said: “It is an unbelievable game for us, we have to say a huge thank you to Halifax for putting it on.

“It will be tough for both sides because it is the first fixture of pre-season, but it will definitely be a great spectacle.

“We have a few lads missing because they are still at work and the like, but that gives other players to press for a place in the team.”