Funk delight with start to New Year

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Scarborough Athletic manager Rudy Funk was delighted with his side’s start to the New Year on Saturday.

Boro were in powerful form when they brushed visiting Hall Road Rangers aside, stacking up seven goals in the process.

“We finished 2012 on a high and we have now started 2013 in fine style,” said Funk.

“The thing that impressed me was the commitment, desire and the hunger, also there was the fact that we are able to score goals from different quarters.

“In the second half our work-rate was amazing. It wasn’t so much the case in the first half, despite the fact that we started brightly.

“Complaceny clicked in a bit after we took a 2-0 lead, which frustrated me a little.

“Some words were said at half-time, the lads took them on board and they deserved everything they got from then on in.”

Funk feels that the fitness of his players has been the key to a number of results this season.

He added: “Footballers at any level are now athletes. They have to work out their diet and work hard on their fitness, this is something we like to focus on.

“You can see this in the latter stages of a lot of our games because we have lots of energy right down until the final minute.”

Boro now head the way in the NCEL Premier table by four points from landlords Bridlington Town, who were without a game on Saturday.

Funk isn’t busying himself with studying the standings though, he is focusing more on preparing for each game in turn.

He said: “At this stage of the season I don’t think many managers look at the table.

“Obviously you want other teams around you to drop points, but we like to focus on our own camp.

“We have got it half right at the moment, but there is still an awful lot of hard work to do.

“We just want to keep pushing the club in the right direction, if we continue doing that then I don’t think we will be far away.”