SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Rudy Funk wasn’t at his best after Saturday’s 3-2 NCEl Premier defeat of Winterton, but he was still quick to praise his battling side.
Boro went into the fixture without a number of players and Funk had to move swiftly on Friday to bring in a replacement for illness-hit keeper Ed Eley.
Despite all these issues and a sickness bug that the manager himself suffered half-way through the game, Boro still went on to collect the three points.
Funk said: “Prior to the game we had so many disruptions. We knew the suspensions for Ryan Blott and Daz Winters, which were big losses.
“Then on Fridat Ed Eley’s mum rang me up and told me that they had taken him to hospital with his tonsils.
“I had a prior arrangement with Mark Hales, who told me that if I need him he’ll be there for me. What a terrific performance he gave, I can’t thank him enough.
“There are still quite a few players that Darren France have in our lockers. as and when we need them they will come in and do a shift.
“It has been hard, but the lads like Gary Hepples and Scott Phillips when he came on gave their all.
“Sooner or later these lads will be given the chance to play for Scarborough Athletic.
After our first goal I felt very uncomfortable and very unsteady on my feet. I may have not eaten enough during the day.
“I had a chocolate bar and went to sit down in the changing room and when he lads came back in they said it was 1-1.
“We sorted a few things out at the break, gave everyone a pat on the back and discussed the difficult conditions.
“After that we went out there and played some great football. When we pass and move I don’t think anyone can live with us.
“It was a fantastic afternoon of football. A good performance, three points and the fans go home happy. That is what I want to bring to the club.”