Scarborough Athletic head into tomorrow’s Evo-Stik South clash with Chasetown boosted by three positive developments at the end of what has been a great week for the club.
Defender Michael Atkinson (pictured) has joined Boro on a month’s loan from League Two York City, while Premiership Hull City have allowed goalkeeper Joe Cracknell to extend his stay at Athletic by another month.
Despite a formal approach having been made by Leeds United for his services this week, Lewis Clarkson will also be in the squad for the game at Queensgate which kicks-off at 3pm.
With the announcement from Scarborough Borough Council that the Weaponness leisure village project is firmly on track and with his side having seen off Cambridge City in Wednesday’s FA Trophy replay, manager Rudy Funk’s was already a happy man.
These latest developments have only served to swell the Boro chief’s delight.
Funk told The Scarborough News: “I am delighted to have Michael Atkinson on board and that we have retained the services of Joe Cracknell for another month.
“Michael is a very highly-rated young player who can play at full-back or at centre-half. He is very quick and likes to get forward and he knows exactly what the Evo-Stik League is all about.
“Joe has done brilliantly in his time at the club and it is wonderful to have both Jason White and him available to cover the position between the sticks.
“Jason suffered a very nasty ankle injury and having Joe here means that we do not have to rush Jason back into playing before he is totally ready.”
Funk was also full of praise for striker Clarkson who is fit and raring to go ahead of Chasetown’s visit, despite speculation linking him with a move away from Queensgate.
Clarkson opted to stay at Boro despite an approach from Skrill North side North Ferriby United last week and is currently in negotiations with Leeds United.
Funk added: “Lewis is a great boy and a real talent and I cannot praise him enough for the loyalty that he has displayed towards Scarborough Athletic so far.
“North Ferriby put in seven days for him and he spoke to them but told them that he wanted to stay here because he has never enjoyed his football as much as he is doing currently.
“When he was released from Hull City he was very downbeat but since he has come to Scarborough and we gave him his chance he has loved playing here and now goes about his business with a smile on his face.
“The situation with Leeds is still ongoing but all I can say is that I think Lewis feels secure at Scarborough. He is very happy here but we will just have to wait and see.”
Funk revealed that his players are brimming with confidence at the moment, but insisted that Boro would not be taking 16th-placed Chasetown lightly.
He continued: “All of the players are enjoying playing at the moment. They are all confident and all want the ball.
“We are playing some good stuff and go into the Chasetown game feeling confident but we know it will be difficult.
“I have enjoyed many encounters with them in the past and have watched them recently.They have a never-say-die attitude and will work us hard until the very last minute.
“We need to make sure that we carry on from where we left off at Cambridge on Wednesday.”
Paul Foot is the only doubt for tomorrow’s game as he is struggling with a hamstring strain, while Ryan Blott will be included in the squad despite still being troubled by a niggling knee problem.