Borrowash Victoria 2 Boro 2

Brian France didn't have to ponder the first eleven for two long given the amount of players out. Scott Phillips was serving a suspension and watched from the sidelines, he was joined by Ryan Morton, Carl Wood and Dave Kemp out with injuries. Both Richard Medcalf and Kevin Milner were attending weddings so Jamie Waltham was asked to come back to do a favour at the back whilst Graham Botham took over the reins of captain. Joe Lightowler was a surprise addition to the travelling bus, now recovered from his knee operation was ready for action on the bench. 

Borrowash now on home territory were a different animal to the one that was beaten comprehensively at Queensgate and were determined not to suffer the same fate. Robert Spencer was the first to challenge the Boro goal, able to get a shot away under the close supervision of Waltham. John Guy was the next to threaten the away side; the ball free on the edge of the area was asking to be struck but was sliced wide. The home side took the lead when Liam Widdowson felled a Borrowash striker in the area; Guy took the responsibility from the spot and sent Dave Bramley the wrong way slotting the ball neatly into the bottom left hand corner. Boro still couldn't get their act together and found themselves two down within 12 minutes, the defence failed to clear the ball from a long throw, a quick witted Spencer headed home and left Bramley beaten for the second time.  

France's men gradually woke up, Joel Hartley combined well with Dave Thompson down the right wing crossing to the captain, Botham however couldn't keep his shot down. The momentum continued and Boro got a goal back, Ryan Blott's free kick was blocked but Gary Hepples drove through the crowd to leave keeper Wayne Smith unsighted and beaten. Scarborough now in the ascendancy came looking for the equaliser, Mark Griffin keeping his side positive turning and shooting from distance but not troubling the keeper. Borrowash could have restored there advantage when Spencer's diving header went just wide. Scarborough equalised before the break when Blott showed his class, Botham fed Blott who spotted an ill placed keeper and calmly lobbed Smith to level the scores. Boro did well to get back on track after a slow start, the points still up for grabs. 

Boro started brighter in the second half but were struggling to master the windy conditions, long balls were largely ineffective. Despite Boro's best efforts the home side were looking more of an attacking threat, John Guy stole the ball from Bramley's finger tips, his strike was cleared from the line by a well placed Craig Evans. Jamie Pawley was leading the Borrowash charge his strike from the distance was marshalled out by Bramley. Craig Hogg replaced Joel Hartley in attempts to spice up the attacking line; he was pushed up front with Mark Griffin returning to his regulation right wing position. Thomas Leighton received his marching orders for his second yellow, his first for a foul on Blott and his second for dissent to the referee. 

Ryan Blott was doing his best to hold play up front and delivered a neat cross to Jamie Waltham, his header just wide of the right hand post. With only 10 minutes to go Joe Lightowler was introduced at the expense of Craig Evans, this was his first action time his injury at home to Rainworth in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy in August last year. Pawley had an excellent chance to take the points for the home team when he found the ball in space on the edge of the Boro area; his shot however didn't challenge Bramley. Borrowash had more chances to take the lead late on, Robert Spencer fired the ball across the area but Karl Payne was a couple of yards off the pace to slot the ball home. Lightowler had a chance to make it a hero's return when he muscled his way to the edge of the area with the ball, his shot was struck well enough but sailed over the bar. 

The second half remained goal less and was far from a spectacle, perhaps indicative of end of season games with nothing to play for. Ryan Blott was the pick of the bunch and was the most effective on the front line; his close control and trickery caused problems. With the focus now shifting to next season, all eyes move to France and who will be added to the Boro ranks next season. 

Result: Borrowash 2 – Boro 2 

Boro Line-up: Bramley, Davies, Evans (Lightowler 82), Waltham, Widdowson, Hepples, Hartley (Hogg 71), Thompson, Blott, Griffin, Botham ©   Unused sub: Powley   Cards: Yellow: Blott   Goals: Hepples 33, Blott 45 

Borrowash Line-up: Smith, Staton, Banks, Motteshead, Bacon, Leigh, Pawley, Leighton, Payne, Spencer, Guy Unused subs: Heer, De Reus, Summerfield  Cards: Red: Leighton (2 bookings) Goals: Guy 5, Spencer 14 

Attendance: 252

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