Hackworth heads for Scarborough exit

Tony Hackworth, who has left Scarborough Athletic
Tony Hackworth, who has left Scarborough Athletic

Former skipper Tony Hackworth has left Scarborough Athletic after three years at the club.

Hackworth, who played a huge part in Boro’s promotion from the NCEL Premier, has opted to move to Tadcaster Albion on a full-time basis.

He had taken a break from the game at the beginning of the season due to a troublesome Achilles injury, but after three games back in the squad he has decided to call time.

Boss Rudy Funk was devastated by the news, though he understands the decision of the former Scarborough FC and Leeds United man.

“After the game Tony came to me, we talked man to man and we both decided that it would be best for both parties.

“Tony wants to play, but he is just coming back from an injury and the lads in front of him are playing so well at the moment.

“We had a good chat and we left on the best of terms. He is still signed for us so he can come back if he is needed.

“Ideally I would love to keep Tony because he has been tremendous for the club.

“It was a sad moment because Tony and I are good friends, though we will continue to be despite the fact that he isn’t here anymore.

“Consistency is the key for us and we have three good players in Gary Bradshaw, Ryan Blott and Lewis Clarkson, who are all doing very well at the moment.”