SCARBOROUGH Athletic manager Rudy Funk learnt a lot about his squad at Bottesford Town last night - but mainly in a negative sense.
The Seadogs lost 2-1 in the League Cup in North Lincolnshire, as Funk rung the changes to give some fringe players a chance to shine.
Funk said: “I wanted to give some of the other lads a chance to be involved, I was hugely disappointed with the whole team’s performance.
“Bottesford out-played and out-fought us, and deserved their win. Credit must be given to them and I wish them good luck in the next round.
“But our players won’t get any more sympathy from me as I don’t want the fans to be disappointed and losses don’t make the club look good.
“I expect the lads to bounce back on Saturday with a strong display against Hallam in the FA Cup. I don’t want to be asking more questions after that game.”
Funk switched his team around for the second round tie, with Graham Botham, Dave Hartas, Joel Hartley and Chris Hewitt coming in for Tony Hackworth, Scott Phillips, Paddy Miller and Curtis Bernard. Daz Winters took the captain’s armband.
The first half was a very even affair, as both sides failed to control the play, but chances did come.
The home side’s danger man was Leigh Bogner, and he created Bottesfiord’s first chance, crossing to Craig Metam who shot over the bar.
Boro’s best spell of the half came after 20 minutes, Ant Lynam came close, forcing home keeper Robert Zand into a save after a flowing move.
Dave Kemp headed over from Botham’s free-kick, and Hartley was inches wide from forcing Ryan Blott’s cross-shot into the net.
The home side were unlucky not to be ahead by half-time - Bogner seeing a header saved by Ed Eley and he also shot wide after pouncing on Botham’s poor back-pass.
Bottesford started the second half strongly, hitting the bar direct from a corner and Metam shooting just wide.
Despite this Boro took the lead through a wonderful strike from Joe Naylor which dipped into the net on the volley from 30 yards out. But within 10 minutes the home side had struck twice to turn the game on its head.
Bogner scored both from close-range following driving runs down the left - Boro’s defence was all at sea and crying out for some leadership.
The rest of the half was much of a muchness - Boro’s substitutions having little impact, even playing three up front failed to break through the dogged Town defence.
Boro: Eley 6, Kemp 5, Botham 4 (Hackworth 69mins 5), Winters 5, Hartas 5, Leister 5, Hewitt 4 (Griffin 55mins 5), Naylor 6 (Bernard 69mins 5), Blott 6, Lynam 5, Hartley 6.
Bottesford: Zand, Nichol, Oates, Martin, La Rocca, Metam, Hutchinson, Andrews, Bogner, Snowden (Flack 80mins), Wilby (Locking 83mins).
Bookings: Boro - Winters (foul); Bottesford - Oates (foul).