Funk eyes boost for Coalville clash

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Scarborough Athletic could welcome a new signing into their squad when they take to lengthy trip to Coalville on Saturday afternoon.

Boss Rudy Funk is hoping to conclude a deal later on Friday for an un-named player.

This will boost a squad that will be lacking top-scorer Gary Bradshaw, who is serving the first of a three-match ban for his sending off at Leek on December 28.

Funk does have some positive news though, as defender Paul Foot returns from suspension and Matty Plummer will slot back in after his holiday.

The Boro boss said: “We are in talks with players at the moment and we are hoping to get a few things sorted over the next day or two.

“Ahead of the game we have Gary suspended, which is a blow, but apart from that we are ready to go.

“Paul and Matty are back in and we have shaken off all the niggling injuries from our gruelling run of matches.”

Boro do have cover in attack, with on loan Grimsby youngster Sam O’Malley available to tackle the Leicestershire club, but Funk is pondering his options ahead of the big game.

Both Boro and Coalville are pushing for promotion from the Evo-Stik South, making the destiny of the points even more vital.

“It is such a massive game, so starting Sam would be a lot of pressure on young shoulders.

“We are looking at our options, there is the possibility of altering the formation, but we’ll see how things are before kick off.

“Every game from now until the end of the season is vital. People say that there is still so much football to play, but every minute, goal and decision can have a huge bearing on where we finish in the table.”