Ryan back for massive Boro game

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Scarborough Athletic welcome Ollie Ryan back into the squad for Tuesday night’s massive Evo-Stik South three-pointer at home to Mickleover Sports.

Ryan will slot into the attack in the absence of Gary Bradshaw, who is nursing a niggling hamstring strain.

This will be the former Lincoln City man’s first game for the club since the beginning of last season. A combination of injury and other commitments forced him away from the game.

He has burst back in recent weeks though, proof of which came on Saturday when he netted for Staveley in their home defeat against Pickering Town.

Boro boss Rudy Funk said: “Ollie is fit and well and it will be great to have him back in the squad tonight.

“He has been at Staveley in recent weeks to get some games in and we are sure that he will come in and do a job for us.

“On a personal not I would like to say a big thanks you to Ollie for coming tonight.

“Fortunately for us we always have a big group of players we can select from if we need to.”

Boosted by this news, Funk is relishing an encounter that he classes as the biggest of the season.

“This is a massive game for both teams, I look at it as our biggest so far this season,” he added.

“Both teams are in a good position, so the three points are huge.

“If we can put in a workmanlike shift like we did against Rainworth on Saturday then I don’t think we will be too far away.

“The support is vital as well, the fans can play a huge part for us this evening.

“When we played in matches against Bridlington Town the fans were always unbelievable, they got behind us and made a difference.

“This game could be bigger than one of those derby games because of what is at stake. It would be great if the fans could create a similar atmosphere.”

Boro didn’t have the best of evenings on their trip to a drenched Mickleover in January when they lost 2-1.

Funk said: “It wasn’t the easiest of nights, a lot of our players were stuck on the M1 and arrived just in time for the game.

“The preparation wasn’t the best, but at times we played some good football and deserved something from the game.

“It was also Jimmy Beadle’s first match back at the club, he has been a great addition for us.

“Jimmy’s attitude is fantastic, he just wants to be involved in everything.

“He has told me that he is really enjoying his football, which is great to hear as a manager.”