Rudy Funk’s column: Here’s to a great season

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This season has been an amazing journey for everybody involved at the club.

After a careful start and some good signings in the summer, we really pushed on.

After a couple of early slips the alarm bells began to ring, but we made changes and it seemed to sure things up.

During the season one or two players drifted away, with the low point for me being the departure of Matty Draper, who has been a great servant to me for around eight years.

He left for reasons that I wasn’t too pleased about, but our amazing support made up for it, rallying around our team and pushing them forward.

We shuffled our pack and that paid dividend by pushing us into a great position. The lads continued to adhere to the demands of the tension both on and off the pitch, which kept us right in there.

The addition of Bryan Hughes to the midfield brought stability and we held on for the championship.

These players are the most talented group that I have ever worked with.

You only have to single a few out - the skill of James Bennett, the passing of Pete Davidson, the finishing of Ryan Blott, the experience of Tony Hackworth, the commitment of Andy Milne and the goalkeeping of Arran Reid.

There were teams that pushed us. We had the tough run-ins against Bridlington, while Brighouse had a great season.

I also enjoyed the games against the likes of Barton, Pickering and Heanor, who all tested us.

Now we move on and the most important thing is that we have the utmost respect for the Evo-Stik League.

There is more prestige, more limelight that thrusts you into the public eye.

We have to go out and make sure that we don’t let the colours of Scarborough Athletic down.