Funk: We have to keep in touch at the top

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SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Rudy Funk believes that it is very important for his side to stay in touch at the top.

Only one club gains promotion from the NCEL Premier, though in the past a number of sides have turned down the chance to move up.

Funk will not be drawn on any speculation surrounding the sides above them, though he is planning a solid run-in just in case.

Boro currently lie fifth in the table with five league matches remaining this season, kicking off with tomorrow’s home game against Thackley.

Funk said: “A lot of the talk about whether teams will or won’t go up is purely speculation.

“All we can do is try to pick up as many points as we can in our final few matches because it means that we will be in with a shout if anything does happen.”

The Boro chief will continue to field a full-strength side, though fans are likely to see the blooding of a few younger lads in the coming weeks.

Wilf Dinsdale has broken into the midfield during the last month and attacker Danny Glendinning has just signed forms to allow him to turn out for the first team.

Funk added: “We won’t be throwing them in at the deep end, but we are definitely trying to get these younger lads involved.

“It is a case of seeing what they can do and also showing them what the club is about.

“It allows them to see that it isn’t a closed shop and there is a future if you play for the reserves or any of the younger teams.

“We do invite a lot of players from the under-19s and the reserves to train with us and we listen to what their managers Steve Brennan and Steve Dorey say to us.

“In the past at Scarborough Athletic the focus has been on gaining success with the first team and nothing else.

“This season we have been handed the task of getting the full structure right, once that happens everything else falls into place.

“Our head of youth football Nigel Carson is a pivotal figure in this. With his help and the hard work of others then we can swiftly begin to progress.”

Striker Adam Lee also looks set to take his place in the Boro squad for tomorrow after he missed Tuesday’s victory against Brighouse through illness.