Funk admits his Scarborough side ‘got out of jail’ in FA Cup

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Scarborough Athletic boss Rudy Funk admitted that his side got out of jail after scoring a stoppage time equaliser from penalty spot against Ashington in the FA Cup first qualifying round tie at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

The late leveller meant the two side’s face a replay on Tuesday night.

Funk said: “We got out of jail without question.

“I thought Ashington set their stall out. They are big and strong side and worked hard, but to be perfectly honest, they were twice in front – and quite deservedly so – and I had no problems with that whatsoever.

“I thought the game was played in a good spirit although it got off to a little bit of a slow start for it being an FA Cup tie, but once Ashington scored the first, things opened up and it turned out to be a absolutely magic afternoon, especially for us.

“We weren’t at our best today and know we can play a lot better.

“However, at the moment we have got a ‘Scarborough way’ where we like to leave things right until the last minute.

“This has been a regular occurrence, but we are very strong when it comes to the final half an hour of the game and that’s just how it is.”

Funk thought the penalty call was the correct decision.

“From my point of view, it was a spot kick,” he said.

“The lad has put two hands up and I asked the referee about it later, because as a manager you are sometimes biased.

“Some other people may have questions about it but at the end of the day, the referee gave it and we converted it.”

The boss added that he leaves who is taking penalties to his players.

“We have regular penalty takers and have an understanding,” he said.

“At the end of the day, if someone strongly believes they want to take it – like Jimmy Beadle did today where he said it’s my ball – then that is it.

“I personally will never interfere because it is the players’ choice, and if it is right for them then it is right for me.”

Funk added: “The Ashington fans were absolutely outstanding for the whole 90 minutes.

“They gave me so much stick and banter, which I enjoyed, and I want to compliment them.

“And if I have offended anybody after the game when I turned around and asked them what the score was, it was not meant and I hope they took it in good spirits.”

Funk concluded by stating that he hopes the Woodhorn Lane-based outfit will take promotion in the future.

“I hope one day Ashington can take the step up the pyramid because I think they have got a fantastic set up, fantastic players, a great management side and most of all some fantastic support – and I wish them all the best with regards to that happening.”