Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk has opted to ignore the firey comments of Retford United boss Richard Sennett ahead of Saturday’s vital clash at Queensgate.
Sennett let fly at Boro ahead of the game with a string of bizarre statements about ‘bad blood’ between the clubs.
The Retford manager said: “The last thing I want is for Scarborough to win the title by beating us,” said Sennett.
“If they win on Saturday, the championship is theirs. The two sides don’t have a good relationship. I think there was bad blood between them before I arrived due to things that happened in the past.”
Funk was unconcerned by this, he is just keen to focus his efforts on a match that could all-but seal the NCEL Premier title for his side.
Boro need four points from their final two games to see off the challenge of second-placed Brighouse Town, though one win could be enough due to Boro’s superior goal-difference.
The Athletic chief said: “I have always had a good relationship with Retford, I wouldn’t have a bad word said against them as a club.
“They are a club that have pushed through from the Central Midlands League to enjoy some very successful times in the Evo-Stik League.
“Last year was a terrific season for them because they won the NCEL Premier title on merit.
“I suppose people have different views about things. If they can’t say anything nice then they shouldn’t say anything at all.
“I’m not bothered who we play, be it Retford, Gainsborough or Arsenal, we will be arch-rivals for the 90 minutes of the game, then afterwards, because football is such a close community, I will be friends.”