France aiming for cup run

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Scarborough Athletic assistant manager Darren France is keenly eyeing an FA Cup run this season.

Boro commence their cup adventure on Saturday when they play host to Northern League first division side Ashington at Queensgate in the preliminary round.

The management team of Rudy Funk, France and John Reed will have to make their selection without Lewis Clarkson, Steve Ridley and Ben Middleton, who are all suspended for the tie.

France said: “As much as it is a blow to be without those lads, we have arranged a squad full of quality, so somebody else will come in and stake a claim for their place.

“There are no excuses this season, we are going all out for a cup run and with the squad we have there is a good chance.

“After the disappointment of the defeat against Gresley, we are now full of confidence after the fightback against Lincoln United on Monday.

“We are looking to get a result against Ashington and then carry that on to our next league game.

“Winning is a good habit and that is why cup runs are important.

“They are great for the club because of the funds available and the feelgood factor they bring.”

France is hoping that the Boro faithful get behind the team and help to roar them into the next round of the competition.

“The fans have been amazing this season, they really are an extra man for us,” France added.

“They were behind us all the way against Gresley and then helped push us on at Lincoln.

“It will be a battle because you never get an easy game against teams from the north east.

“Whatever happens I’m sure it will be a real cracker.”