Defeat to The Mintcakes leaves bitter taste

Scarborough Athletic joint manager Bryan Hughes called on everyone at the club to “stick together” as his side were dumped out of the FA Trophy with a 4-0 defeat to Kendal Town.

Pete Davidson made his tenth start of the season at Kendal Town

Hughes said: “We’re on a tough run at the moment but it’s important that everyone pulls together.

“We will be working hard in training this week to put things right and get back on track as soon as possible."

The recent dip in form has now become a worrying trend, with Boro’s spectacular start to the season now a distant memory.

A mounting injury list now including Paul Robson and Joe Fox, after the pair both limped out in midweek at Clitheroe, forced Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot to change their side yet again. Joel Dixon came in at right-back and Steve Mallory returned to the centre of midfield, as Isaac Assenso partnered Nathan Peat in defence and Ben Hirst starting on the wing.

With the Boro supporters bus and a number of travelling fans stuck in heavy traffic, the home side started brightly and took the lead when Rob Wilson was given time at the far post to look up and fire the ball into the bottom corner.

Boro looked to respond with the returning Mallory smashing just past the post from long range. Kendal thought they had doubled the lead when a long throw in was bundled into the net, but the offside flag was quickly raised. 

There were Boro appeals for a penalty just before half-time when Tom Corner was felled by a home defender as he looked to shoot, with the referee quick to wave play on.

At the break Boro had offered enough to suggest a comeback may be possible, but just five minutes into the second half they fell further behind. 

Kendal frontman Jordan Connerton reacted first to a whipped cross across the box from the right, the striker converting from six yards to make it 2-0.

Boro were on the back foot as Dan Wilkins made the game safe for Kendal shortly afterwards as he collected the ball in the box before firing across Rob Zand. Things went from bad to worse for the travelling support as Craig Conway added a fourth with an easy finish following a cross from Wilkins.

A late rally saw Tom Corner hit the post as he raced clear and rounded the keeper, then sub Alex Peterson looped a header against the upright.

Gary Bradshaw had a late chance to claim a consolation, but could only shoot straight at the Kendal keeper as Boro exited the competition at the preliminary round stage.

Boro team: Rob Zand, Joel Dixon, Joe Lamplough, Nathan Peat (c), Isaac Assenso, Stephen Mallory, Alex Metcalfe, Peter Davidson, Tom Corner, Gary Bradshaw, Ben Hirst. 

Subs: Alex Peterson, Ryan Blott, Paul Foot, Bryan Hughes.
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