Beadle set to miss Brighouse trip

Jimmy Beadle nets Boro's first goal against New Mills Picture: Kelly Lund
Jimmy Beadle nets Boro's first goal against New Mills Picture: Kelly Lund

In-form midfielder Jimmy Beadle will miss Scarborough Athletic’s visit to Brighouse Town after being handed a four-match ban.

The former Scarborough FC man has scored four goals in his last two appearances but will now be out of action until mid-September after the FA took action in relation to comments made on social media.

Boro boss Rudy Funk explained: “Some time ago Jimmy has made a comment on a social media network that the FA have decided to sanction him for.

“It is a very delicate matter that as a club we are now dealing with in private.

“Losing Jimmy is a massive blow for us, obviously he’s been in great form recently, but he will be back playing before we know it.

“He is a great character and is Scarborough Athletic through and through. He’ll bounce back from this and I hope that all the fans will get behind him.”

Despite Beadle’s absence, Funk is looking forward to returning to The Dual Seal Stadium, the scene of one of Athletic’s most important victories.

He added: “Winning at Brighouse in 2012/13 was key to our promotion from the NCEL. Those memories will live with us forever and it will be great to go back.

“The confidence in the squad is unbelievable going into this fixture. People on the outside might not realise what a huge boost the nature of our last two victories has given the players.

“There is no greater way to win a game than with a last-gasp goal the way we did against New Mills.

“We’re playing well at the moment and I’m hopeful that we can build on the last two wins.”

Defender Paul Foot is set to return to the squad for the Bank Holiday Monday clash after completing a suspension which carried over from last season.

Boro’s supporters’ club are providing transport to the game, which kicks off at 3pm.

A coach will leave Scarborough train station at 11am. Contact Ken Pattison on 07736790418 for more information.