Hackworth’s sadness at Draper departure

Rudy Funk has been left disappointed by the exit of Matt Draper     Picture by James Hunter
Rudy Funk has been left disappointed by the exit of Matt Draper Picture by James Hunter
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Scarborough Athletic skipper Tony Hackworth sent out a message to the fans after Saturday’s 4-4 NCEL Premier draw at Worksop Parramore.

Boro have been rocked by the departure of defender Matt Draper, who has elected to leave the club because of the abuse he has received from a section of the supporters.

This has been met with disappointment by Hackworth and the rest of the Boro players, all of whom have been doing their best for the club this season.

“I have spoken to Matt and the gaffer Rudy (Funk) this week, it is a big disappointment that a player like Matt has left the club in the way he has,” said Hackworth.

“He has gone because he can’t handle the stick he has taken off certain individuals in the crowd.

“The final straw was when the team-sheet was read out the other night at home and he was booed.

“The lads works, he comes in and gives it his all, he has done well since he has come back in from AFC Mansfield.

“I don’t think a few of our fans have given him chance to settle back in and when you get booed before you even kick a ball it is very hard.

“I am gutted and Rudy is devastated that he has left the club.

“The majority do, but we need all of the fans to back us 100 per cent in our quest to get out of this league.

“Unfortunately at times that isn’t the case. There are individuals who target players, I had it at times with the old club, they look for scapegoats.

“I don’t think players like Daz Winters and Matt deserve it, especially to a point when they feel that they have to leave.

“We are still up there fighting, we just need everybody behind us until the end of the season.”

Hackworth did have mixed emotions about Boro’s draw, as they battled back after falling 3-1 and 4-2 down to grab a point.

He said: “The gaffer and Denny Ingram have drilled into us that we need to stop taking our foot off the pedal and that happened again because we went from one up to 3-1 down, which flattered them.

“In the second half there was only one side in it, it could well have finished 6-4 with the amount of chances we had at the end.

“We have been disappointed with some of the points we have dropped. There could well have been another six points on the board, but we are still up there, which is all that matters.

“We go into the game against Lincoln on Saturday full of confidence and looking for the win.”