Boro boss Funk’s praise for Hepples

boro vs worsbrough bridge fa vase sept 24 2011
boro vs worsbrough bridge fa vase sept 24 2011

RUDY Funk’s Scarborough Athletic brushed away the attacking cobwebs on Saturday to score five times and ensure a passage through to the third qualifying round of the FA Vase.

Funk rung the changes to his team – some enforced and some tactical – for the game against Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, after a below par performance the previous week saw his side exit the FA Cup at Tadcaster – in the process failing to score for the first time this season.

There was no such worries at Queensgate however, as Boro attacked with gusto to net a 5-1 win and an away game at Parkgate in the next round.

Funk’s changes reaped rewards, as Gary Hepples and Bill Law – making their first and second starts of the season respectively – were the pick of the side.

Funk said: “The pleasing part of the game on Saturday was that the lads responded in the right manner after last week at Tadcaster, when we were all disappointed with our performance.

“Maybe not straight away, after conceding an early goal, but certainly after that we came back in great style, and the first half performance was tremendous

“The tempo we played at was superb, we passed well, and there was also some class finishing.

“I have to give Worsbrough credit as even after the 4-1 scoreline quite early in the game they still tried to play against us, and held us to four goals until Ant Lynam scored in injury-time.”

Lynam was one player Funk rested, but the manager was pleased with the striker’s attitude.

“He took my decision on the chin, and came on to prove me wrong and score. The message to all players is ‘play well, and you will play.’ It’s a great problem to have as a manager.

“Gary did exactly what I asked of him, although I didn’t expect him to score!”

Boro now concentrate on the league, with two games in four days - at home against Winterton, on Saturday followed by an away derby game at Pickering Town.