Funk: Fans can make a difference

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SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Rudy Funk is calling for the fans backing when his side take to the Queensgate pitch to host leaders Retford tomorrow, 3pm.

Fourth-placed Boro are currently seven points behind Retford, having played a game more, so a victory will be a welcome boost to Athletic’s outside aims of promotion.

Funk does believe that the crowd can make a difference on the day, with Boro looking to make it a quartet of wins on the bounce.

He said: “Our fans have been absolutely terrific this season and I hope they turn out in numbers to support us against Retford.

“They really can make a difference, if you have a huge group of people behind you, it can really spur you on.

“The recent run of form has been nice for us and also nice for the fans. The most pleasing thing for me hasn’t been the results, it has been the performances, application and desire.”

Retford boss Brett Marshall has been quoted this week as calling tomorrow’s match their biggest of the season.

“Every club describes when they play Scarborough as the biggest game of their season,” said Funk.

“I have been to watch teams one week when they have been run of the mill, then when they play us they raise their game to new levels.

“I’m not sure if this is because they are playing in front of a big crowd or whether it is because of the history of football in Scarborough.

“In truth, this is a big game for both clubs though.

“They are top and we want to do well against them. We are at full strength going into the game and I know that each and every one of my players can’t wait for it.”