Rudy Funk: All set for a thrilling derby

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Derby games are always full to the brim with excitement and I’m expecting Saturday’s battle with Bridlington Town to live up to those expectations.

As well as the battle for the bragging rights, these meetings are usually wonderful games and not many are usually better at this level than meetings between Boro and Brid.

At this point in time we won’t be treating the game any differently to our other recent fixtures.

Over the past few weeks it has become apparent that we will be in the mix at the end of the season, so it has meant that each game has been hugely important.

The pressure is huge going into every game and this one will be no different, though it does have that extra bit of flavour.

If you look at Brid in recent seasons they have dominated the NCEL and they are still a fantastic side.

We have become stronger this season though and we have proved that we can compete with sides like Brid.

That just goes to show how far our club has come this season.

We will be treating Brid and the referee with the respect they deserve.

I will be making sure that our players don’t play the occasion, they just need to go out and play the football match.

You can’t afford to hype these games up too much, that certainly isn’t my style.

It is important that we stick to what we have been doing and just continue to believe in the way we have been playing.

This will be a massive day because we have the visit of the Groundhoppers on the day as well, so that will add to the crowd, but the only people I will be bothered about will be our supporters.

They always turn out in number and they want to see us do well, hopefully we will on the day.

As a manager I have been in charge of teams playing in a number of derby games, including Eastwood and their games against Hucknall, Ilkeston and Buxton, as well as Rainworth against Clipstone and Shirebrook.

They were fantastic matches, but the difference is the volume of supporters that come through the gate for Boro and Brid encounters.

The fans really make it an occasion and I am confident that Saturday’s fixture will be one to remember.