Funk ready for big kick off

Boro's James Bennett does battle with County defender Dean Leacock. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn123046h   28/07/12
Boro's James Bennett does battle with County defender Dean Leacock. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn123046h 28/07/12
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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk feels that his side are poised and ready for Saturday’s big kick off.

Boro wrapped up their penultimate pre-season fixture on Saturday when they were edged out in battling style by League One outfit Notts County.

The final friendly clash is on Tuesday evening when Funk’s men travel to Evo-Stik League side Goole. This game is followed on Saturday by the NCEL premier opener at Hall Road Rangers.

He said: “We still have a few things to iron out. Skipper Tony Hackworth and Ryan Blott are both still away, but things are ticking over nicely.

“Pre-season is great, but the season itself is a completely different ball game.

“I am happier this time around then I wasl last time out.

“There are no selection headaches for me, that is just how it should be.

“We have got a lot of good players at the club, which is what you need if you want to be successful.

“The biggest bonus for me is the attitude of everybody, we are all up for it and looking forward to it.”

Funk was delighted by the way that Boro shaped up against a Notts County side, who ply their trade seven divisions above.

He added: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Notts County, their players and to Keith Curle. It was a great gesture to play us before they fly away to Spain.

“They were a team that like to pass the ball and move it around. I would have liked us to do the same, but it was difficult with the quality of the lads we came up against.

“It was a fair result, but we kept with them through our hard work and the fact that we did the right things.

“I am immensely proud of my lads and that will come as a great confidence booster going into Saturday. This kind of game will take us a long way. It was great for us and great for our fans to see a team like that.”