Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk was over the moon with his side’s contribution to Saturday’s 2-2 Evo-Stik South draw at Leek Town.
Boro gritted their teeth and battled away on a terrible surface, they were also stung further in the closing stages by the dismissal of striker Gary Bradshaw.
Funk said: “It was a terrific game of football on a very heavy pitch and I loved every second of it.
“There were some good old fashioned tackles and a few strange decisions by the referee, but the work rate of both sides was phenominal.
“This game will stay in the memory of our players for a long time.
“Leek were a good outfit and we came here and matched them. Possibly we had the better of the play, but I think a draw was a fair result.”
Funk was still unsure after the game whether top-scorer Bradshaw deserved his straight red presented to him by referee Tom Harty for a second-half foul.
He added: “It is hard to say if it is a sending off. Personally I don’t think referee allowed for the conditions because it was slippery out there.
“Gary didn’t catch him with his studs, he more or less kneed him. I thought it was a little rash, maybe a yellow card would have been a little more fitting.”
“In fairness to our players though, that is the first time that with one man down we could have taken something from the game because we still had chances.
“Leek did put us under pressure in the closing stages, but Jason White and the back-line held out superbly, in what was overall a great team performance.
“If you can come away from Leek with something then it becomes clear that we are progressing as a team.
“This is the kind of thing we can expect now. The Leek fans and our supporters were amazing. It was a top drawer game of football and both clubs deserve plenty of credit for that.”