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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk is looking forward to a personal derby battle on Tuesday night when his team travel to AFC Mansfield.

This will be the shortest trip of the Mansfield-based manager’s pre-season and Funk is looking to grab a win to boot.

Funk joked: “I’ve invited my staff for a bit of a barbecue before the game because it only takes me about three minutes to get to their ground.

“I’m looking forward to it because it will cost me less in fuel and less time to travel.

“A lot of people know me from that area and because of that a lot of people follow Scarborough Athletic’s results.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to AFC Mansfield but they probably won’t have the same quality that we have seen against Halifax Town and Hull City, so the lads should get the chance to express themselves.”

Funk may also be up against his son-in-law former Boro man Matt Draper if the defender can shake off an injury in time.

Mansfield also boast more ex-Athletic players in keeper Ed Eley and midfielder Joe Naylor.

The Boro boss added: “Matt is looking forward to the game, but he may not be involved because he has a knock on his ankle from late last season.

“He’ll still be there anyway and if he can’t play then he’ll be cheering his teammates on.”