Boro boss Funk expecting tough test from Lynam and Heanor

Boro boss Rudy Funk is expecting a tough test against Heanor Town
Boro boss Rudy Funk is expecting a tough test against Heanor Town

Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk is hoping his extensive knowledge of Saturday’s opponents Heanor Town will help his side collect another win.

Boro lay second in the table following their 2-1 win at Staveley on Wednesday night, and welcome 13th placed Heanor to Queensgate tomorrow.

And boss Funk wants the players to continue their good run of form against a side, who could include former Boro striker Ant Lynam in their line-up, he knows all too well.

Funk said: “I know each and every Heanor player very well and I know the club very well.

“They are a decent side but it takes time to find your feet in a new league and they are doing that at the moment.

“They will up their tempo when they come to Queensgate like every side who plays us does, and we will respect them but we know the job we have to do.”

Funk is hoping that the knocks picked up by Tom Adams, James Bennett and Andy Milne in Wednesday’s win will not keep them out of action for tomorrow’s clash.

The Romanian added: “We should have the same side out that played Staveley, provided the little knocks we picked up are healed in time.

“Tommy, James and Andy all suffered slight knocks but we hope they will be fit to play.”

Funk was delighted with his side’s commitment to the cause in their 2-1 win this week, praising the front pairing of Ryan Blott and Tony Hackworth in particular.

He added: “It was a well-deserved victory. We were comfortable at 2-0 up and should have put the game to bed.

“The whole team were superb, but Ryan and Tony up front were outstanding.

“The biggest thing for me is the players’ commitment to the colours of the club. They have all been spot on and deserve every accolade they receive.”

Boss Funk has also been impressed with the flexibility of his players, citing their ability to play in a number of different positions as a key factor in the club’s consistent form to date.

“Ask any manager at a decent level of football and they’ll tell you that consistency is the most important thing at a club,” Funk added.

“We have a consistent pattern of play and the demands are high, and it helps that we have six, seven or maybe eight players who can play in numerous positions.

“The modern game dictates that it is important to be able to play in more than one position and we have a lot of lads who can do just that.”

Funk is hoping that his side’s recent run of good results will help attract a bumper crowd to Queensgate tomorrow afternoon.

Boss Funk said: “When a team is struggling for form and results, the fans are understandably less keen to come and watch you play.

“But the team is playing well and we are getting results. The Boro fans have been extremely loyal to the team so I expect a good turnout for game.”

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