Funk’s mixed feelings on Barton point

Rudy Funk
Rudy Funk

Scarborough Athletic manager Rudy Funk felt that his side were good value for all three points from their NCEL Premier game at Barton Town on Tuesday night.

Boro were forced to hit back in the final seconds for a battling point, despite the fact they dominated long periods of the game.

Funk said: “It was a good game, played in a good spirit. Both teams played some good stuff and that is why we are both in the top half of the table.

“I’m still baffled how we didn’t win the game though. We had some fantastic chances and in the end I was a little disappointed just to come away with a point.

“On Saturday we didn’t do ourselves and our supporters justice, but against Barton we definitely gave value for money.

“You have to work hard against Barton and we did that. We played some great football in the second half, put some good balls into the box and created some good chances.

“I am happy with the performance, but I am little bit disappointed we missed out on the other two points.”

Funk was less than happy with referee Chris Ward, who probably should have dismissed Barton’s former Boro keeper David Bramley after eight minutes.

Boro striker Ryan Blott poked the ball past Bramley and was then taken down by the keeper, but Ward brandished a yellow card instead of the red.

Funk added: “I’m surprised that people say there was cover around and I’m surprised when they tell me that Ryan was going away from goal. He only clipped the ball about five yards away so it is a goal all day long.

“For the keeper to deny a clear opportunity it is a red card, as well as that he was the last man. There was no way that was a yellow.

“Sometimes you don’t get the right decisions and then these players get a bit of a buzz out of it. After the incident he made some fantastic saves and that is what kept them in the game.”

The Boro chief was delighted with a handful of individuals, with midfielder Pete Davidson rising head and shoulders above the rest.

Funk said: “We have to highlight Pete, who was outstanding. Tommy Adams wasn’t my favourite number six in the first half, but after the break he was a completely different player.

“I thought Gaz Clayton was unlucky with his error for their goal because he had a very good game. He bounced back very quickly and helped in the build-up for our late equaliser.”