Boro ready for title battle

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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk is still struggling to comprehend how tight this year’s NCEL Premier title race is.

Boro currently lead the way in the table with 93 points, with Saturday’s opponents Brighouse sitting second on 87, but they hold two games in hand.

For the past two seasons both Retford and Farsley wrapped up the title with points hauls of 85. Boro are currently eight clear of that and they have three matches yet to play.

Funk said: “I can’t believe how close it is, the whole thing deflates you a bit.

“We have had so much success in the league this season, we have fought so hard and yet we are not there yet.

“It might come down to a situation where you have to put together 99 or 100 points to make the grade. I can’t remember a situation like that since I started in the game.”

Funk will be on his guard when Boro take the trip west to Brighouse for the 3pm kick-off, though he will be putting most of his concentration on his own team.

He added: “I wasn’t there when we drew 3-3 with Brighouse earlier this season because of a family bereavement, but I have watched the DVD and I thought we were the better side.

“This is a massive occasion, a massive game for both clubs. If you look at the league table then it says that these are the best two clubs in the division.

“As a manager you always want to check out your opposition, to see what they have got, but we will obviously be looking at ourselves as well.

“There will be nothing different in the changing room before the game, I will set them up and send the players out there to do their job. If they do that then my job is done for the day.

“it is a game that we are all looking forward to, everything has been prepared in the same way and I hope that when the full-time whistle is blown, the outcome is the same as it has been for much of this season.”