Funk delight at Boro character

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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk feels that strength of character and self belief were key to his side’s NCEL Premier Division success at Thackley on Saturday.

Boro trailed 1-0 at half-time at Dennyfield but hit back with five unanswered second-half goals to chalk up their eighth league victory on the bounce.

Funk revealed: “The teamtalk at half-time was very simple, I told the players not to change anything and to keep believing in what we were doing.

“I think we were unfortunate not to go in at the break at least level, especially with Tony Hackworth missing a penalty.

“Heads did not go down though because of the character we have in our side and the scenes in the changing room were wonderful.

“Every one of our players believes in each other at this moment in time and they knew that we just had to stick to our guns. The end product was five goals in the second half.

“We knew it would be a difficult encounter and that Thackley would come out and have a go at us but we have a mentality this season that has been missing in the past and from where I’m standing it’s happy days.”

Funk handed Jimmy Beadle his first start for the club since his arrival from Whitby Town last month and the midfielder was one of a number of players singled out for praise by the Athletic chief.

The Romanian added: “Jimmy was superb. He produced a top quality display and showed his skill despite the heavy pitch.

“Tony Hackworth was holding the ball up and running everywhere and the workrate of Pete Davidson and Tommy Adams in the middle of the park was awesome.

“At the back, Andy Milne just gets stronger and stronger with every game and I am over the moon with the performance.”

One player missing from Boro’s squad at Thackley was winger Ollie Banks who has left the club to join Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders North Ferriby United.

Funk continued: “Ollie Banks has departed and I’m a bit disappointed because when I first spoke to him we agreed certain things.

“However, he wished to move to a higher level and I’d rather focus on the players who are at the club than those who have left.”