That was the pre season that was
Scarborough Athletic started life as a playing football team on July 15th 2007 with a practise match against Edgehill FC at Hunmanby's Sands Lane Ground. The Scarborough Saturday League champions provided a big test for the new Boro team, in a match that was watched by over 300 spectators on an extremly soggy day.
The game finished 0-0, as the conditions failed to help any kind of flowing football. The game would see Ryan Davies' only pre-season outing for Boro, due to a planned holiday.
What was billed as Boro's first ever competitive game, away at Northalleron Town, was a little more action packed, and a lot less drenched. In front of a crowd of 202, Boro went 2-0 down and looked like heading for defeat until the 84th minute, when Shaun Chadburn became Scarborough Athletic's first ever scorer, and three minutes later, when Scott Phillips pounced on a defensive mistake to level the scores. The away following went crazy and it started to sink in a little that Scarborough Athletic was alive and kicking.
Following the cancellation of a game at Lincoln United due to terrible weather, Boro's next game was at Queensgate against landlords Bridlington Town. For many fans a first chance to visit our new temporary home 18 miles down the coast, and the first chance to see the new squad play at 'home'.
455 attended the match, which turned out to be a cracker. Adam Wilberforce netted Boro's opener with a 30 yard lob after a goalkeeping mistake. Brid equalised before the break. After the half-time oranges, Boro came out with a much changed line up. Joe Lightowler put Boro back ahead with a close finish after good wing play by Drew McCoubrey, and Dave Thompson furthered the lead soon after.
Brid pulled the score back to 3-2, but Lee Cappleman rounded things up with a fantastic finish to make it 4-2. A great workout against a team two leagues higher, and a great result to please the Boro supporters who made the journey.
Two away games followed, first at Hutton Cranswick of the Humber Premier League.
Craig Hogg and a Drew McCoubrey penalty secured a 2-2 draw for the Seadogs. After the game Boro signed Hutton keeper Dave Bramley, following a good display by the ex Scarborough FC Juniors player.
Then on Thursday 2nd August Boro travelled to Unibond League side Goole Town. They beat us 3-0, in what was the Seadog's worst team performance yet.
However, the lads more than made up for it two days later at Queensgate against Sutton Town AFC.
Former Scarborough FC players Leigh Walker, Matt Redmile and Sutton player/manager Jason Blunt featured against us, but the talk was all about the Boro team and their performance as we ran out convincing 6-1 victors.
Joe Lightowler scored Boro's first two goals, and neat turn and finish for the first, followed by a rasping 35 yard dipping volley for his second, which gave Walker no chance. These goals were split by Sutton's equaliser, but they wouldn't have any further forward play of note as Boro ran riot.
Dave Thompson got Boro's 3rd goal, a smart finish across the keeper, and Boro when in 3-1 up at half-time. Straight after the break, with a much changed side once again, Boro went 4-1 ahead, Dave Bell with the finish.
Then it was left to Alex Reveley to round up the game with a brace of goals, giving Boro the 6-1 win, and leaving Leigh Walker with a sore head!
The pre-season campaign was rounded up with a trip to Pocklington Town AFC. We took the lead early on through Barry Gill, slotting home from a corner. Pocklington equalised following a pacy run and finish, and then took the lead after the break.
But Boro were not to be outdone and Mark Griffin scored a great solo goal to ensure Boro would go through eight pre-season games with just one defeat, and build a large amount of confidence going into the first game of the new season at Teversal.
Team vs EDGEHILL, Score 0-0
Hyde, Hyam (Watson), D. Phillips (Butterly), Gill (Merron) (Stubbs), Davies, Ferrey (S.Phillips), Griffin (Wilberforce), Widdowson (Richardson), Bell (Taylor) (Tarafdar) (Exley) (Lightowler), Lightowler (Cappleman) (Hogg) (Exley), Smethurst (Barker).
Team vs NORTHALLERTON, Score 2-2
Powley (Hyde), Hyam, D. Phillips, Gill, Merron (Cooke), Ferrey (D. Botham) (Ferrey), Griffin, (D. Botham) (S. Phillips), Lightowler (Cappleman), Bell (Taylor) (Hogg), Barker (Wilberforce) (Chadburn) (Lightowler). Scorers: Chadburn, S. Phillips
Team vs BRIDLINGTON, Score 4-2
Hyde (Clark), Hyam, D. Phillips (Evans), S. Phillips (Widdowson), Gill (D. Botham), Kennett, Griffin (McCoubrey), Thompson (Barker) (Smethurst), Hogg (Lightowler) (Bell), Chadburn (Reveley) (Exley) (Taylor),
Wilberforce (Smethurst) (Cappleman). Scorers: Wilberforce, Lightowler, Thompson, Cappleman.
Team vs HUTTON CRANSWICK, Score: 2-2
Hyde (Powley), Ellwood, Evans (Smethurst), Thompson, Kennett (Gill), D. Phillips (Northage), McCoubrey (Griffin), S. Phillips (Exley), Reveley (Chadburn) (Cappleman), Hogg, Wilberforce (Widdowson). Scorers: Hogg, McCoubrey (p)
Team vs GOOLE, Score 0-3
Bramley, Hyam, Evans (Cappleman), Butterly, Kennett, Thompson (Widdowson), McCoubrey (Wilberforce) (Exley), S. Phillips (Botham), Hogg (Chadburn), Lightowler (Reveley), Smethurst (D. Phillips).
Team vs SUTTON, Score 6-1
Bramley (Powley), Hyam (Ellwood), D. Phillips (Evans), Thompson (Ferrey), Kennett (Hyam), Butterly, Gruffin (Hogg), Widdowson (S. Phillips), Hogg (Bell), Lightowler (Reveley), Smethurst (Chadburn). Scorers: Lightowler 2, Reveley 2, Bell, Thompson.
Team vs POCKLINGTON, Score 2-2
Newby, Hyam, Evans (Pinder), Gill, D. Phillips, McCoubrey (Chadburn) (Wilberforce), S. Phillips (Thompson), Ferrey (Widdowson), Exley (Griffin), Reveley (Lightowler) (Cappleman), Bell (Hogg). Scorers: Gill, Griffin
Played:7 Won:2 Drawn:4 Lost:1 For:16 Against:12