SCARBOROUGH Athletic manager Rudy Funk was happy to come away from a tough away fixture at Armthorpe with three points on Saturday, praising his whole team for the 4-1 victory which keeps them in touch at the top of the NCE League premier division.
Funk is enjoying his side’s away performances this season, Boro having lost just once on the road in 10 games, scoring 32 goals in the process and conceding just seven.
He was under no impression that Armthorpe would be an easy fixture though, and made sure his squad – which returned to full strength after the cup defeat in midweek – knew they had jobs to do.
“We underlined to the players before the game that Armthorpe would make it very difficult for us. They are a hard working side with pacy young players. I have a lot of respect for their manager Des Bennett, who knows this league inside out.
“I knew we would be in for a tough afternoon.
“That said, at half-time I was a little bit disappointed to be only 1-0 up, as I thought we should have been further ahead.
“We had a heart-to-heart at half-time, and in the second half it paid off.”
Curtis Bernard and Ryan Blott linked together again up front for the first time in four matches, and it paid off with Bernard’s second successive hat-trick.
Funk said of his front two: “I was delighted with the strikers. The way Ryan is holding and moving the ball is excellent.
“Curtis was man of the match without doubt – anyone who scores a hat-trick deserves that title. He was outstanding. The interplay between them both is a little bit frightening!”
Boro now get set to face one of their biggest games of the season – at home tomorrow night against Tadcaster Albion, who sit below them in fourth place, level on points, with a game in hand.
Three points is a must for Funk’s men tomorrow evening, if they are to remain in prime position for an attack on top spot over the festive period.