Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk felt that Saturday’s 7-0 defeat at Blue Square Premier new boys Halifax Town will have done his side some good.
Boro were given a real lesson at the Shay, though they may have been lacking a number of key players on the day.
Funk said: “It wasn’t the right result. You have to be realistic about it though, it is a case of looking at the opposition we have played.
“It has been a big learning curve for us, playing against a side like that is massive for our lads.
“If people start judging from results like these then I think there is something wrong.
“It was a good work-out and it gave our new players the chance to bed in. Everyone will have benefitted from this game.
“I want to underline that if I was given the option of coming to Halifax or a lesser club, the answer would always have been Halifax. That is despite the fact we were missing players and we had only had two training sesssions.”
Funk added: “I would like to thank Neil Aspin and their chairman Dave Bosomworth for accomodating us. We may not have done ourselves justice, but that is one of those things.
“We were missing six centre-halves on the day and Bryan Hughes was away, so it wasn’t ideal.
“I enjoyed the first 15 or 20 minutes because we were doing the right things. After that things went a bit pear-shaped.
“The lads know that they have to do better because we made some serious mistakes out there. We have to move on from that though, when the season starts we won’t even be thinking about this game.”
Boro gave friendly debuts to Bridlington Town men Josh Greening and Nathan Cook at the Shay and both will be back in training with the club on Tuesday night at Bishop Burton.
Funk said: “I have always wanted Josh to come to us, but he was a loyal player to Bridlington. We have also known about Nathan for a while.
“We keep the door open for everybody, players can come and have a go if they want to.
“Halifax have done this in the past and we are looking to do a carbon copy of what they have achieved,”