Nostell win is music to boss Funk’s ears

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SCARBOROUGH Athletic manager Rudy Funk was delighted with three points and a second successive clean sheet from his side’s trip to Nostell Miners Welfare.

Boro triumphed 1-0 thanks to Ryan Blott’s second-half penalty on a day that was made even better by the return to the side of prolific frontman Curtis Bernard.

Funk said: “A 1-0 win away from home is music to my ears. Sometimes winning a game 1-0 is better than winning it by three or four.

“I am really pleased with the defensive side of the performance. We know that with the players that we have we will always create chances and score a few goals, so the most important thing for us is how we defend.

“Matty Draper did his job, Daz Winters played very well and Matty Plummer was as solid as a rock.

“Football is all about momentum and we are starting to build some now. We are definitely heading in the right direction.”

Funk was happy to have Bernard back in his squad and managed to hide any disappointment at Joe Naylor’s departure for Carlton Town.

He added: “As I have said before, the players that have left the club do not interest me, what is important is that Curtis Bernard has returned, I am absolutely delighted by this.

“Curtis is more than happy to come back and rejoin the party here. He showed a few glimpses of old today but you can tell he has been out for a bit.

“I am sure that with a few minutes under his belt he will be back to his best.”

The Boro chief also paid tribute to the club’s travelling support.

Funk continued: “I have to say thanks to all the supporters who came today. They have a good voice and they welcomed Curtis back, as well as supporting all of the other players.”