Boro delight at home draw

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Scarborough Athletic have been handed a home tie against Penrith in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The draw came as a pleasant surprise to Boro’s management team, as boss Rudy Funk and coach John Reed are both delighted with the home draw.

Boro progressed through their two cup games to date with comfortable victories against Team Northumbria and Ashington, who both hail from the same tier as Penrith, the Northern League first division.

Funk said: “It is a decent draw for us, though we have seen how strong Northern League teams are from our last two games against Ashington and Team Northumbria - we won’t be expecting anything different this time around.

“They are a well-known side and I’m sure they’ll come down and make it hard, the biggest consolation is the fact that we are at home for this one.

“You have got to love a home tie in the FA Cup, it will be great for the fans and great for the club.

“Home draws are even more important for us because we play at Brid and don’t have our own ground, which takes away a source of revenue.

“The money that this game could bring in would be massive for us.

“It would be great as well if the fans to turn up in numbers and help roar us on because we had such a long journey in the last round.”

Reed added: “At this stage of the competition you can’t afford to take anyone lightly, but this is a fantastic draw for everyone at the club.

“As a manager I have been through to the first round in the past, home draws like this can really play their part in a good cup run.”