Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk feels that his side’s FA Vase exit at Saturday’s opponents could have been a blessing in disguise.
Boro slipped to a last-gasp 3-2 defeat at the West Yorkshire outfit in October, which saw an end to their FA Vase adventure.
On the day they were missing centre-back Andy Milne, while a few players were struggling with a sickness bug.
Since then, Boro have been focusing solely on their NCEL Premier promotion push, and that has reaped benefits as they have shot to the top of the table.
They go into Saturday’s game at Thackley four points clear of second placed Bridlington Town, though Boro’s landlords hold a game in hand.
Funk said: “We knew the FA Vase game against Thackley was going to be tough because we were struggling for numbers.
“It would have been a great result if we won the match, but we didn’t and we have no regrets, you just move on.
“I have always said that if you want to do well in the league then you can’t chase too many other things.
“If we’d have carried on in the FA Vase and had a good run that could have come a distraction away from where we want to be.
“The league is what we are focusing on, everything else comes as a bonus if you do well in it.
“There are teams that get a lot of enjoyment out of cup competitions, Whitley Bay are a great example because they have a great tradition of doing well in the FA Vase.
“We need to move up the ladder first and then we’ll have able to have a look at other competitions. If we can make that happen then I’ll be more than happy.”