Scarborough Athletic make Saturday’s trip to Newcastle Town with their sights firmly set on climbing into the Evo-Stik South play-off places.
Manager Rudy Funk this week admitted that with his side lying just three points and one place off the top five, claiming a play-off berth was now a realistic ambition.
Funk said: “All season it has been a case of taking one game at a time in this very difficult division and not getting too carried away with ourselves.
“Until now I haven’t felt that we were really in a position to be thinking about the play-offs.
“This is however now the business end of the season and we find ourselves very well placed and I feel that the play-offs are a realistic target.
“There is still a long way to go and we have a lot of hard work to get through, but with the calibre of players at this club, I am confident that we are good enough to be up there challenging.”
Funk is adamant that his side need to put a run of victories together to boost their bid to climb into the top five, starting with their visit to fellow play-off hopefuls Newcastle.
He continued: “We have to build on the excellent win over Carlton and go on and put some results together, beginning with Newcastle Town this Saturday.
“We only played them a few weeks ago and we know what a good young side they are and no doubt they will be out to try and get revenge for their defeat at Queensgate.
“We are boosted by the return of Jimmy Beadle, who has been brilliant since he came back to the club.
“Having Jimmy available means that the squad looks that little bit stronger now.
“As I have said, the aim for this season now is to reach the play-offs and the only way a team can do that is if they have a good squad.
“It isn’t just about the first 11, it is about all the players at the club.
“There will no doubt be times between now and the end of the season where we will suffer with injuries and suspensions and that is where having strength in depth will prove crucial.”
lSAFC Supporters’ Club are running transport to Newcastle Town this Saturday.
A coach will be leaving the railway station at 9.45am, with a seat costing £20 for the trip.
To book your place on the coach, contact Ken Pattison on 07736 790418 or Grace Haigh on 07814 354280.