Funk relief at Boro’s late leveller
Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk was left wiping his brow after Saturday’s 2-2 FA Cup draw at Ashington.
A 92nd minute Jimmy Beadle penalty saved Boro’s blushes and kept them in Monday’s second qualifying round draw.
Before they can think about the next round though, Boro will have to do battle for a second time with Northern League side Ashington at Queensgate on Tuesday.
Funk beamed: “Come and watch Scarborough, you can’t get anymore exciting than that.
“I’m delighted for the lads, but I know we can do better than that.
“Fair play to the Ashington fans who gave me the stick and the banter. When we scored our leveller I just asked them what the score was and gave a bit back.
“It is all the magic of the FA Cup and we all love it.”
Funk underlined the importance of midfielder Beadle, who has hit the ground running this season, despite missing four games through suspension.
He said: “After they went 2-1 ahead we absolutely bombarded them with ball after ball going into their box. There were headers and clearances off the line and all sorts.
“Then, deep into injury time, our magician Jimmy Beadle pulled one out of the hat.
“Jimmy is one of those players who, once unleashed, goes out and always does a job.
“The most special thing is the fact that he is Scarborough through and through.
“Hopefully one or two of our other lads will take a leaf out of his book.”
One player who won’t be in the Boro squad for the replay is defender Tom Burgin, who has left the club.
Funk said: “Tom was suspended for the first few games and after that he changed his job. I got a call on Friday and he told me that he was unavailable for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“That makes life difficult, so we both agreed that he moved on and we look for another centre-half.
“All the best to Tom, he is a great lad and we all wish him well in the future.”