Funk happy with fighting spirit

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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk was pleased with his side’s battling spirit after the 2-2 NCEL Premier draw at a freezing Maltby.

The visiting defence shut off in the very last minute to allow Maltby in to level matters up, causing Boro more jitters in their bid to hold onto top spot.

Funk said: “I dreaded this game because they are a decent side at home and they haven’t lost in so many games.

“We just paid the price for switching off in the very last minute.

“The second half display was magnificent from us, full of endeavor and heart, but you have to put your chances away.

“Sometimes things like this happen, but hopefully we’ll get it out of our system on Saturday.

“At the moment though every player is afraid to make a mistake.

“I went into the changing room after the game and told the lads that I really felt for them because they deserved all three points.”

Funk was pleased with the debut of returning keeper Arran Reid, who slotted between the sticks in place of retiring Steve Wilson.

Reid signed for Boro from Pickering Town just a few hours before the game kicked off.

The Boro boss added: “I thought Arran did very well on his debut, he is a great signing for us.

“After Saturday’s game Steve wanted to have a word with me and he told me that this was the end of the line.

“Maybe it was work commitments or expectations that he should perform better, but he did promise me that he would play against Maltby.

“He changed his mind a couple of days later, which was disappointing, so I had to run around and find a keeper.

“I’m happy now though because things have been resolved and we have a great keeper in Arran.

“I would like to thank Jimmy Reid from Pickering, who was very understanding to our circumstances.

“Our assistant manager Darren France did a lot of hard work and so did other members of our club.

“Hopefully now Arran will have a long and successful stay with us.”