Funk plans Boro fortress

Ryan Blott celebrates after scoring Boro's second     Picture by James Hunter
Ryan Blott celebrates after scoring Boro's second Picture by James Hunter

Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk is keen to turn their Queensgate base into a fortress.

Funk was a much cheerier man after Saturday’s 2-1 home success against Staveley, which pushed Boro up to second in the NCEL Premier.

The three points grabbed took Boro’s total on their home base to 13 from a possible 15 - a run Funk hopes his side can maintain.

The Boro boss said: “We are looking to turn Queensgate into a fortress - if you do well at home and pick points up on the road then you won’t be far away at the end of the season.

“Winning at home is good for the fans as well. They all seemed happy in the game against Staveley. There was cheering and chanting, which made it into a wonderful atmosphere.”

Funk was also delighted by the way his side bounced back from the defeat and draw over the Bank Holiday weekend.

He added: “We have come back with a very pleasing performance against a big, strong and good Staveley side.

“The draw on Monday was down to a couple of individual errors from our keeper Steve Wilson. He showed his class against Staveley with two magnificent saves.

“We worked well as a unit, but there were a few lads that stood out for me.

“Joel Ramm came into the middle of the park and did very well, it was good for him to get 90 minutes under his belt.

“Staveley came at us in the second half, but we held firm with some good defending from Daz Winters and Matty Draper.

“Our attackers Ryan Blott and Tony Hackworth were immense in the first half, in what overall was a pleasing day.”

Hackworth returned to the front-line in place of Ollie Ryan, who may now face a minor operation on his foot.

Funk said: “Ollie is having a bit of a tough time with his right foot. He has a callous on a bone, which is causing him some discomfort.

“There may be a need for a minor operation, but we want to get him sorted quickly because he is a valuable player for us.”