Funk keen to get back to Queensgate

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Scarborough Athletic manager Rudy Funk is looking forward to getting back to Queensgate on Saturday when his side host Long Eaton in the NCEL Premier

Boro last played on home soil when they beat Hall Road 7-0 on January 5.

Since then they have battled their way through a quartet of away-day clashes, though they do still remain in top spot.

Funk joked: “I’ll have to take a picture of the ground so I can remember what it looks like.

“Seriously though, we have had so many away games, the sequences just don’t add up.

“The good thing is that out of our last 12 league matches, seven of them are at home.

“That is great for us because we have a team of footballers who like to play the game how it should be played. We have a great surface to play on and we have to thank Bridlington Town’s groundsmen for that.”

In past seasons Boro have looked a little more uncertain on their own path rather than when they have played away. This may have been down to the pressure from the hefty backing of Boro supporters.

Funk added: “We have a number of experienced lads in there now, who know not to play to the crowd or to the occasion.

“Our fans are fantastic, 99 per cent of them come down to back up fully. They wear the colours with pride and they want us to do well.

“Obviously, in the past when the team hasn’t been up to scratch, the fans have shown their disappointment, which is fair enough.

“We are trying to assemble a squad that will make them proud.”

Boro did suffer a pre-match blow, as their Thursday night training session at Bishop Burton College was called off because of snow.

Funk said: “It was a bit of a blow, but maybe it was a blessing in disguise. Thursday was Valentine’s Day, so hopefully the lads will have picked up some brownie points for not going to training.”