There was plenty of positivity from Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk after his side’s 2-0 home defeat at the hands of a youthful Hull City XI.
Boro may have been up against some of the Premiership side’s top prospects, but they still controlled much of the fixture at Queensgate.
A moment of true quality and a glaring error spelt the difference on the day, but Funk’s men can take plenty from the friendly fixture.
Funk said: “The biggest compliment that I can give our players is to tell them how Hull’s coach Stephen Clemence spoke after the game.
“Stephen was very positive and very complimentary, which was great for me and our lads.
“It was a great work out, both sides will have benefitted from it and more to the point we have enjoyed it.
“There were some great players on their side and I would like to thank Steve Bruce and Stephen for bringing them here.
“Apart from Tony Hackworth, who was injured, we had the full squad here and the difference showed.
“Maybe Halifax Town came a bit too early for us, but we learned from that game and we have also learned from this game against Hull.
“If anyone is a footballing person and a Scarborough Athletic supporter, they will be happy because they have seen some good things.”
There were a number of solid performances on the day, giving Funk plenty to smile about.
“The player who stood out for me in the second half was Tyler Collishaw, but Ryan Blott, Ollie Ryan, Sam Denton and a lot of the other lads also looked sharp during their time on the pitch,” added Funk.
“If everyone keeps themselves fit and everyone works the ball well like we have been doing then I’m a happy man.
“I’m looking at the big picture and the start of the season and I can see us having a good one if things keep progressing as they are.”
Boro started the game well, matching their fluent opponents with some equally slick passing play.
Hull edged ahead with 10 minutes on the clock though, Callum Martin dancing through a flurry of challenges before rolling neatly past Jason White in the Boro goal.
Former Hull man Gary Bradshaw almost pulled Boro level soon after, but his first real chance in Athletic colours was smartly saved by City keeper Joe Cracknell.
Another ex-Hull man Bryan Hughes then stepped up, but his wicked volley was also pushed to safety.
The chances started to dry up in the searing heat, though Boro possibly had the better of the play around the centre of the park.
Funk rang the changes for the new half, with Ryan Blott going very close with his first few touches.
The striker collected on the right and swung in a shot that seemed destined for the top corner, but instead of this it sailed to safety.
Blott, Ryan, Pete Davidson and their fellow attackers contined to link up well, but they failed to crack the visiting defence.
At the other end Boro’s solid looking backline was undone for a second occasion on the hour.
Andy Mile outstripped a Hull attacker and rolled a comfortable ball back to White. The keeper conpletely missed his kick and the ball trickled into the back of the net.
Boro continued to huff and puff in the closing stages, but Hull’s cushion was large enough for them to exit into the cool of the changing room with a victory.