Rudy’s Review: Positives aplenty from FA Cup win

Gary Bradshaw celebrates during Boro's 4-1 win over Ashington in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Gary Bradshaw celebrates during Boro's 4-1 win over Ashington in the FA Cup at the weekend.

There were a number of positives to emerge from our FA Cup victory over Ashington on Saturday.

It wasn’t just the fact that we scored four goals and won the game convincingly against a big, powerful Northern League outfit, but the way we played also pleased me.

The FA Cup is a special competition that produces special moments and success in it also benefits clubs financially.

It was nice to get a home tie and progress into the next round and have the opportunity to earn ourselves some more prize money along the way.

For non-league clubs especially, the financial boost to be had from a good cup run can make a huge difference.

I have already travelled to Newcastle to have a look at Team Northumbria, our opponents in the next round of the competition.

They are a young outfit who look very capable.

Their pitch is as good a pitch as you will see, it looks almost as good as Wembley.

This kind of surface will suit our style of play because we do like to get the ball down and pass it.

Much like the Evo-Stik League, the Northern League is very physical and we have learned this season that it is important to find the right balance in terms of how we play when we have the ball.

We’ve realised already that you cannot always be trying to play ‘total football’.

Sometimes you have to mix it up and be a bit more direct to get results - it is about striking a balance.

Having said that, our philosophy is to get the ball down wherever we can and Northumbria’s pitch is as good a surface as any to try and do that.

We are already really looking forward to the next round of the FA Cup, we know it will be a tough encounter but we are very hopeful that we can get a positive result and progress in the competition.

Before we turn our attention to that game we have a couple of very important league fixtures to think about, starting with Romulus on Saturday.

Tony Hackworth (pictured above) will be absent from the squad for this game and for the next couple of weeks as he takes some time out to try and get himself back to 100 per cent fitness.

Tony came and spoke to me about his injury problems at the weekend and I have nothing but praise for him following that conversation.

Tony is a great character and has a tremendous attitude, it is a selfless decision that he has made to take some time away from playing to try and get himself back to his best.

It just shows how committed he is to Scarborough Athletic and that he is a player who always puts the club first.

As a big football fan I have taken a keen interest in the comings and goings of the summer transfer window as it drew to a close this week.

I think that Arsenal have done a great bit of business in signing Mesut Ozil who is a player I rate very highly.

I cannot believe the fee Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale, £80 million is a ridiculous sum of money.

One of the reasons I much prefer non-league football to the Premier League is because it is not so commercially driven.

I’m glad the transfer window is shut now and I’m looking forward to getting back to non-league football, which for me is a reality check by comparison.