Boro handed tough cup draws

Denny Ingram
Denny Ingram

Scarborough Athletic’s management team of Rudy Funk and Denny Ingram are both a little non-plussed by the club’s draws in the FA Cup and the FA Vase.

Boro have been drawn away at Northern League champions Spennymoor Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, while in the FA Vase they will travel to either West Allotment Celtic, Thackley, Celtic Nation or Birtley Town.

Athletic will obviously know a deal about Spennymoor as they were knocked out of the FA Vase by the Durham club a couple of years ago. They will have a couple of familiar faces in their squad, as both former Scarborough FC men Steve Capper and Keith Graydon play for them.

In the Vase, Thackley reside in the NCEL Premier alongside Boro, while West Allotment, Celtic Nation and Birtley are all in the Northern League.

Boss Funk said: “We just have to go out there and do it. Everybody knows about Spennymoor and the fact that they are a good side, but we have started pre-season well and we are looking to push on.”

Ingram added: “The FA Cup draw couldn’t have been any worse for us.

“We used to play Spennymoor in pre-season a few years ago and we played them in the FA Vase a couple of seasons back, in the end we were comfortably beaten.

“In these draws you have a chance when you are at home, but when you are in their neck of the woods it is usually a struggle.

“It is a one-off though, a break from the league, so who knows what will happen.”

Ingram has been conducting the pre-season training over the past few weeks as Boro look to prepare in perfect fashion for the forthcoming campaign.

He added: “It has been going well, the good thing is the fact that all of the lads are looking sharp.

“The lads from last season will have to be looking over their shoulders because we have bought in a lot of quality, who will be pushing for a place in the starting team.”