Boro’s Arnold win delights Funk

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A smile was back on the face of Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk after his team returned to winning ways at Arnold Town.

After two disappointing draws, Boro hauled their NCEL Premier promotion bid back on track thanks to goals from the striking pair of Ryan Blott and Tony Hackworth.

There were one or two shaky moments in the end, but Funk was still more than happy with his team’s performance.

He said: “I’m very pleased that we are back to winning ways.

“It was frustrating at Liversedge and Maltby because we deserved to win those matches, but it is happy days again now because we have picked up another three points.

“Our first-half display was brilliant and we told the lads to carry on like that after the break.

“One or two of them decided to play a different style though, trying to play that killer pass rather than sticking to the passing that had worked in the first half. We got the message to them from the bench and things settled down again.

“We were comfortable at 2-0, but an error in the centre of the park cost us and allowed them back into it.

“We rolled our sleeves up though and showed the fighting spirit that we needed to get us through.”

Funk was also delighted with debut boy Louis Horne, a Friday signing from FC United of Manchester.

“Louis gave a very solid performance at the back, it wasn’t just that though, it was his mannerisms in the changing room, he is a great addition to the squad.

“I was also very happy with Arran Reid in goal. His talking and distribution are just superb.

“It is important to make improvements to your squad and these two lads show that it works.”