Boro narrowly lose to FC United of Manchester

SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC 2 - 3 FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER

 

Scarborough Athletic lost their first preseason game on Saturday, narrowly going down 3-2 at home to fellow fan-owned club FC United of Manchester.

 

 

Boro started by far the brighter of the two teams and had an early effort from Michael Coulson drift narrowly wide following a short corner routine. Minutes later their good spell of pressure was rewarded when striker James Walshaw headed home a superb cross from Leon Scott on 10 minutes.

 

 

The visitors then responded with a spell of their own, first a Jack Banister shot was saved well by Tommy Taylor and then Chris Lynch sent a left footed shot from the edge of the box curling over the crossbar.

 

Another short corner routine from Boro almost saw them increase their lead, as Coulson linked up with Walshaw before his powerful shot was parried wide by the keeper.

 

But it was FC United who were to score next, a corner to the far post was headed back across goal and former Clitheroe striker Kurt Willoughby was on hand to head home to send the teams in level at the break.

 

Scarborough began the second half well and were 2-1 up on 51 minutes. Taylor angled a superb long ball out to winger Wayne Brooksby, who then drove towards goal and bent his shot around the outstretched Lloyd Allinson.

 

 

However the visitors were soon level two minutes later as captain Harry Winter sent an excellent shot over Taylor into the far corner. And within minutes FC United found themselves ahead for the first time in the match, as a weak header by Killock back to Taylor was seized upon by Willoughby who rounded the keeper and slotted home for his second of the game.

 

In what was turning into an open game, Boro almost grabbed a quick equaliser. Walshaw did brilliantly to nick a long ball forward ahead of the United defender, Sam Baird, and lob the keeper. However an excellent piece of defending by Baird saw him somehow get back to clear off the line.

 

 

The customary preseason friendly changes then started to be made by both managers, but that didn't slow the action and it was Boro who continued to create chances. The most notable being a familiar roll of the defender and low shot by Walshaw, which was well saved by Allinson.

 

Although their first defeat of preseason, it was a very good performance by Boro and should give the squad plenty of confidence going into their next game away to newly promoted National League side Harrogate Town on Tuesday night.

 

BORO: Taylor, Killock, Lacey, Dixon, Burgess, Gooda, Valentine, Scott, Walshaw, Coulson, Brooksby. Subs: Merris, Cadman, Jowett, Annan, Beadle, Bowman, Hewitt.

 

 

Following the game Boro made their latest signing, midfielder Matt Dixon putting pen to paper following a strong showing in preseason so far. The 23-year old played 28 times for Spennymoor Town last season. He started his career at Hull City before having spells at Gainsborough Trinity, York City and North Ferriby United.

 

Watch highlights of the Scarborough Athletic v FC United of Manchester game here: 

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