Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk was full of festive cheer after his side’s 4-0 home victory against Maltby Main.
The win was enough to push Boro to the top of the table, one place ahead of Boxing Day opponents Bridlington Town.
“I said that I wanted to do something for the fans and we couldn’t do that last season,” Funk said
“This year we have given them a bit of a Christmas present because we are top of the league.
“The fans can go away now and really enjoy their Christmas, then hopefully the game on Boxing Day against Bridlington Town will be on, and we’ll look to carry things on there.
“It was a great performance against a hard working side. A 4-0 victory just before Christmas is a massive boost for us.
“Everyone wants to be in a good mood going into the festive period and that will happen now because the players delivered.”
Former Scarborough FC man Jimmy Beadle emerged from the bench for his Boro debut, but he will still face a battle to dislodge impressive central midfielders Tommy Adams and Pete Davidson.
Funk added: “Tommy and Pete have been great for us this season. they both performed superbly against Maltby and Tommy chipped in with a goal as well.
“At the moment there won’t be too many changes. Jimmy is still a little bit rusty, he needs to get to his match sharpness.
“You could see the quality he has though with just the handful of touches he got.
“I was pleased for him when he came on because the crowd gave him a great reception.”
Funk is now looking forward to the big Boxing Day meeting with Brid, a game he expects will be a real thriller.
He said: “The Brid game is massive. They have been leading the way in this division for years and they are still a great team.
“Everyone is keen to see the two sides battling it out because there is such a healthy rivalry.
It isn’t about players or managers, it is about the supporters.
“We got a great turn-out in horrible conditions against Maltby and lets hope the fans come out in force for the big derby game.”
Boro assistant manager Darren France wished to thank the fans after a minute’s silence for his dad and former boss Brian France went ahead in exemplary fashion.
A crowd of 321 all bowed their heads to remember Brian, who sadly passed away on Monday.
Darren said: “I would just like to thank the fans and everybody for the minute’s silence. It really meant a lot.”