Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk has admitted that his side are down to the bare bones for Saturday’s home clash against Evo-Stik South rivals Market Drayton.
Boro have been hit by a number of injuries in recent weeks, linked with the suspensions of defenders Steve Ridley and Andy Milne.
Bryan Hughes hobbled out of Saturday’s loss at Halesowen with a broken leg, adding to Chris Bolder’s broken foot and Pete Davidson’s broken collarbone.
The Boro chief has said that despite these setbacks, he feels that the home faithful can still create a positive mood on Saturday.
He said: “In the last three weeks we have lost as many players with broken bones.
“Chris, Pete and Bryan are all out for the season and we are missing Andy and Steve this weekend as well through suspension.
“This is the first time we have really been down to the bare bones and the fact that the transfer deadline has passed doesn’t help.
“Fortunately we have the players who can go out there and give their all in any position.
“Gary Bradshaw is the perfect example of this.
“He dropped into the midfield on Saturday against Halesowen When Bryan Hughes went off and he battled superbly.
“After the game he texted me and told me that he would play anywhere for this club.
“We will battle on and the supporters can help us with that.
“They are the people that can keep us going when it is tough, their support really makes a difference.”
Funk is expecting a tough clash against a Market Drayton side who his side beat comfortably earlier in the campaign.
They do have the threat of Yannick Makota in attack though, the Frenchman having compiled a tally of 17 goals so far this season.
Funk added: “Yannick Makota will be a threat, he is a player who knows where the goal is.
“I’m expecting a difficult afternoon on Saturday, but we’ll be looking for a positive result.”