Tough day for Boro

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Saturday was a tough day for Scarborough Athletic, as they battled on without boss Rudy Funk.

Funk was missing the 3-3 home draw against Brighouse Town, due to the sad passing of his mother-in-law just hours before kick-off.

Assistants Darren France and Denny Ingram took charge of a game that they almost won, but Ryan Blott’s late spot-kick smacked against the bar rather than the net.

Ingram said: “It has been a tough day and it started in very difficult fashion.

“I got a call from Rudy on Saturday morning, which was strange because we usually do our talking on a Friday night.

“He gave me the terrible news that his wife Sue’s mum had passed away, which put a bit of a lump in my throat.

“That kind of thing puts life into perspective. There are much bigger things going on than football. All of our thoughts go out to Sue, Rudy and the family at this sad time.”

France added: “I thought we were on the wrong end of some poor decisions by the referee, we should have had a couple more penalties and it was harsh that Ollie Ryan was sent off, but for our commitment you can’t ask for a lot more.

“We were all deflated in the changing room because we think it is two points dropped.

“We went 3-2 up and we could have added another few with the chances we made and that has ended up biting us in the backside.

“They were a good side, but I thought we did enough to win the game.

“We have to look at ourselves as a team because we made mistakes for their goals and we missed the penalty at the end, obviously there were positives in our performance, but we are just disappointed not to get the win.”