Emotional high for Boro’s France

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Scarborough Athletic assistant manager Darren France ranked Saturday’s NCEL title win as a huge highlight in his footballing career.

France has been with the club since its formation in 2006 and he played a huge part in the early years working alongside his dad Brian, who sadly passed away last year.

Boro sealed the triumph in dramatic fashion as they overcame Retford 2-0 at Queensgate, while rivals Brighouse drew 3-3 at Barton.

France said: “I’m just so chuffed for the players and the fans of the club.

These fans deserve success and it made it so much better for us to win it at Queensgate.

“It is a massive relief because this is a very tough league to get out of, but we have done it.

“Loads and loads of fans came to me after the game and spoke about my dad, he would have loved it.

“I rang my mam straight after the goal and told her, she burst into tears.

“It is up there with the best moments of my footballing career. The team have been absolutely phenomenal this season, their record just speaks for itself.

“This is the best team we have had at this club and that is down to the gaffer Rudy Funk, who has assembled them.”

France is keen for Boro not to rest on their laurels when the new Evo-Stik campaign kicks off in August.

“If you look at any squad there is always room for improvement.

If you look at the squad we have here I think we will be able to attempt to push for promotion again, but at the same time I think we’ll be able to attract more players.

“At the same time we have to be on our guard because clubs will be looking at our players because they have had such a great season.

“We have a few weeks after the final game at Glasshoughton on Saturday and then we’ll be back at it again ready for the new season.”