Funk treated to derby delight

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Scarborough Athletic’s NCEL Premier promotion push was given a hefty boost after yesterday’s Boxing Day bonanza at Queensgate.

An Ollie Banks double proved to be enough on the day as landlords Bridlington Town were edged out by a 2-1 scoreline, a result that puts Boro in a commanding position at the top of the table.

Boss Rudy Funk and his players had plenty to celebrate over the festive period, as they switched from being two points behind Brid to four points clear.

Funk said: “I’m delighted for the lads. Some of the play they produced was unbelievable. I’m so proud of them.

“I’m also delighted for the fans. We gave them a Christmas present on Saturday against Maltby and I hope this win will give them a New Year boost.

“To have a gate of around 1,000 people is just amazing. Everyone who came through the turnstiles needs a pat on the back.

“Bridlington are a good side, they are strong and they play good football.

“It was a tough, but a smashing encounter. This was a local derby that was fought for by both sides.

“In the end I think we were a little unlucky only to win 2-1. We missed a penalty and other great chances, but we are very happy with the three points.”

Funk will be keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground though, as he now switches his attention to Saturday’s trip to Maltby Main.

The Boro chief could be without midfielder Pete Davidson and Sam Denton, who both limped off against Brid.

“I am a happy man for the time being. We enjoy this, but the season is long and we have to remember that.

“Pete limped off with a groin strain, so we didn’t want to risk him and Sam got a knock on his ankle.

“At the moment we have one good player in and one good player out, because Jimmy Beadle and Matty Plummer both came on and did very well.”