Boro edged out by Brigg

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Scarborough Athletic exited the Doodson Sports Cup after a 2-0 defeat at Evo-Stik South Division rivals Brigg Town.

Boro made a number of changes from the side that beat Market Drayton on Saturday as manager Rudy Funk handed some of the younger members of his squad a chance to impress.

Arran Reid replaced Jason White between the sticks, Mike Atkinson and Liam Shepherd slotted into the back four alongside Andy Milne who returned after suspension and former reserve players Niall Gibb and Joe Hart also came into the side.

In attack, Darren Clough started alongside the returning David Brown.

Boro were undone by two goals in quick succession, Jordan Thewlis firing the Zebras ahead with 33 minutes on the clock before Liam Dickens doubled the lead just two minutes later.

Despite Athletic’s best efforts they could not force a way back into the game in the second period.

Boss Funk took some encouragement from his side’s display.

He said: “We made a lot of changes tonight and gave some of the younger players a chance and they found it quite tough against a well-drilled side who fielded a lot of their senior players.

“We are disappointed with the result but really the whole point of this exercise was to have a look at what some of the guys on the fringes of our squad have to offer.

“The biggest positive for me is that we now know a lot more about these players.

“It was difficult to come back from conceding two goals in quick succession but we have still learnt a lot.

“Another positive was the performances of Andy Milne and Pete Davidson who played very well, and as the senior players in the side conducted themselves very well.”

Funk was also delighted at the return of striker David Brown to the Boro fold.

He added: “David has returned to us tonight and come to the rescue.

“He is a very good player and another great addition and I will be talking with him this week about what happens next.

“He is keen to be a part of this club and that is great news for everyone concerned.”

Having now exited the Doodson Sports Cup as well as the FA Cup and FA Trophy, Boro have just the North Riding Senior Cup to focus their attentions on in addition to their league campaign. Funk sees this as a big advantage for the club.

He continued: “We have done well in all the cup competitions and that has been great but we are well placed in the league and now need to focus on that.

“We have got ourselves into a good position and hold a number of games in hand on the sides above us in the table and it is important that we concentrate on climbing as high up the league as possible now.”