Funk delighted by battling Boro

Scarborough Athletic supremo Rudy Funk was in high spirits after his side ground out a 1-0 win in their NCEL premier division clash with Parkgate on Tuesday evening.

Funk feels that the victory from their “toughest test of the season so far” showcased his team’s battling qualities.

Ryan Blott

Ryan Blott

He told the Scarborough News: “Parkgate are a good side, they are well drilled and they didn’t allow us to play.

“The fluidity did not come, but credit to us for sticking in there and showing the other side of our game in a really tight match.

“I was chuffed to bits with the effort, spirit and commitment and the hard, hard work we put in.

“I have to say well done to each and every one of the players, including the lads who came off the bench.”

Although he was all smiles at the final whistle, the Romanian cut a frustrated figure at times in the first half as Boro struggled to get to grips with their West Yorkshire opponents.

Funk added: “If I am honest, I really was not very pleased with how we played in the first half because our quality just didn’t shine through.

“We have had words at half-time and I think that second half we improved.

“We kept the ball a bit longer and moved it around better and that is how the opportunity came for the penalty which led to our goal.

“Tommy Adams and Pete Davidson’s workrate in the middle of the park was again terrific but the one man that I cannot take my eyes of at the moment is Ryan Blott.

“His skill, movement and positioning were magnificient tonight, he is so committed to the cause and is a great servant to this club.

“Cameron Fearon came in for his debut and I think he did a good job, although he picked up a knock in the first half which hindered his progress in the rest of the game.

“He is big and strong and knows the game and I am sure he will prove to be a good acquisition.”

Funk’s post-match joy did not just stem from the result and some impressive individual performances but also from the atmosphere created by Boro’s vocal supporters.

He said: “I have to say that fans just seem to be getting better and better every week.

“The support at the moment and the singing and chanting gives me and every single one of the players goose pimples.

“When the atmosphere is like it was tonight it is a great lift for everyone involved with the club.”

Funk is now eagerly awaiting Saturday’s derby showdown with Pickering Town at Mill Lane, a place that holds a special place in the Boro chief’s affections.

He continued: “I am looking forward to going to Pickering on Saturday.

“It is a place that has become very dear to my heart for the simple reason that it was my very first outing with Scarborough where I discovered all the unbelievable fans we have got.”