Funk to give youth a chance

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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk will be giving youth a chance this evening when his side take the lengthy trip to Long Eaton in the NCE League Cup.

Funk may be giving run-outs to first teamers Louis Horne, Jermain Hollis, Henry Sibenge and David Brown, but he is also keen to throw a number of reserves and under-19s into the Grange Park battle.

Among these players on show will be Danny baldry, Dom Richardson, keeper Rory Skelton and Harry Holden.

He said: “We are looking forward to this game, but for different reasons.

“This fixture is the perfect opportunity to have a look at some of the younger lads who have been doing well for the reserves and the under-19s this season.

“I have to apologise because I haven’t had chance to watch too many of their games, but we have been focusing on getting the first team to where we want to be - the next level.

“I am also looking forward to spending a bit of time with reserve team manager Steve Brennan, who will be taking his place on the bench with me tonight.”

Funk hasn’t only opted to blood new players so he can cast his eye over the new faces, but he is also keen to do so because of the magnitude of the game that waits ahead this weekend.

Boro take the trip to Brighouse on Saturday in what could be the NCEL Premier title decider.

The Boro boss added: “We have an enormous game ahead of us this weekend so we decided that we would give a rest to a few players so we don’t have any problems heading into the build-up.”