Funk laments Denton injury blow

Boro boss Rudy Funk is on the lookout for a new centre back after the injury suffered by Sam Denton (below)
Boro boss Rudy Funk is on the lookout for a new centre back after the injury suffered by Sam Denton (below)

Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk will look to further strengthen his squad after losing Sam Denton to a broken tibia.

Denton limped off during Boro’s 2-1 Boxing Day victory over rivals Bridlington Town, and will miss the majority of the season after breaking his lower tibia.

Boss Funk will now look to bring in a replacement for centre back Denton, and he admits he has a couple of targets in mind.

“Losing Sam is a massive blow for the club,” Funk said.

“We’ve had a such a great time of late and we’ve been picking up some positive results.

“It really breaks your heart to see Sam get such a nasty injury, especially when he has been playing very well too.

“We’ll have to move to bring a replacement in for Sam now, I think that is on the cards.

“We have such a wonderful squad here and we’ll be fine, but I have a couple of targets in mind and we’ll look to that soon.

“Matty Plummer did very well when he came on for Sam on Boxing Day, and he will come into the side and we’ll see how he goes.”

Funk has also been impressed with how new signing Jimmy Beadle has settled into the squad and expects the former Whitby Town midfielder to continue improving when he gets his match sharpness back.

Funk added: “Jimmy is an extraordinary player. He is very gifted, he just needs to get that bit of match sharpness back.

“He has settled into the squad very nicely and he’ll be the first to admit he just needs that little bit of sharpness. But he’ll prove to be a very good signing for us.”

Funk’s aiming high this season with promotion from the NCEL Premier Division firmly in his sights.

But the Romanian gaffer doesn’t want to get carried away with the side’s recent run of form and wants to keep his squad firmly grounded.

He added: “Ever since Scarborough Athletic was formed, the main objective has been to get the club back to where it belongs.

“We’ve done well in the league so far and we have a good chance of getting promotion, but it is a long way off and we have a lot of games yet to play.

“We will obviously strive to go up this season, but if it doesn’t happen then we’ll work even harder next year.”

Boro travel to Maltby Main tomorrow and will be sweating on the fitness of midfielder Pete Davidson, who has a slight groin problem.

Funk added: “I spoke to him and he feels fine and hopefully he’ll be ok to play. If we can rest him that might be better so he can fully recover. We will have to wait until tomorrow though to have another look.”

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