Funk praises Brennan’s Reserves after sealing promotion

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Scarborough Athletic manager Rudy Funk has praised the efforts of reserve team manager Steve Brennan after they secured promotion to the Humber Premier Division this week.

Brennan’s men needed a point from their last two league outings and they managed a 3-3 draw against champions Goole on Tuesday night, with goals from Eric Hall, Dan Baldry and Luke Jones helping them to the crucial point they required.

And the club’s head honcho Funk has been quick to sing the praises of Brennan and his players. Funk said: “It’s absolutely fantastic what Steve Brennan and his team have managed to do for the club.

“They have been on an extraordinary run of form recently and I think Steve was two wins away from my record of 16, which I wouldn’t have been impressed with.

“But in all seriousness, for any football team at any level to go on a run like that is brilliant and everyone from Steve, to Gary Simm and Sean Chapman and to the players, they’ve all done really well.

“I’ve believed in Steve since I came into the club, and I will keep believing in Steve until I leave. They’ve done tremendously well.

“The progression they’ve made is shown in the fact that we’ve invited three of their lads, Harry Holden, Dom Richardson and Rory Skelton, to pre-season training.

“As long as these young players keep progressing and improving, it’s great news for the future of the club.”

Funk is also adamant that the link needs to work both ways, and plans to allow players short of game time or returning from injury time to return to sharpness in Brennan’s reserves side.

Funk added: “This is not a one-way street. It has to work both ways and it helps that they will be playing in a better division against better players so that when we have guys coming back from a knock or struggling for minutes on the pitch, they can go and play for the reserves.

“Not only would it boost our lads fitness and match sharpness, but the reserves would be getting top senior players in their ranks, which can only be a good thing.”

Reserves boss Brennan was understandably delighted with his side’s efforts in gaining promotion.

He said: “It was a brilliant game and the lads were all superb. I’m delighted for everyone,especially the lads who have been with us from the start.

“Rudy Funk and Dave Holland have been in touch to congratulate us, which is great as well.”

Boro’s second XI are in cup semi-final action against Stanningley on Saturday.