Bottesford Town 3 - 1 Boro
The center back pairing would have to be changed once more with both Kemp and Davies absent, Carl Wood got his first chance to prove his credentials after signing from Frickley Athletic. Hepples was relegated to the bench making way for North Ferribys latest recruit Graham Botham. Hogg's new strike partner would need no introduction in the shape of the familiar Ryan Blott.
After a messy and uncertain few minutes Scarborough had the first chance to take the lead, new boy Botham found Thompson well from a cross, laying the ball off neatly to Hogg, only Slokambe's gazelle like leap denying Boro. The lack of defensive consistency showed with Chatterton finding room between the central pairing, Bramley standing strong forcing the one on one wide. Boro would not be without chances at the other end the new forward pairing already on the same wave length, Hogg heading narrowly over the bar and a Blott volley going agonisingly close. Hogg should have levelled the side, Blott running down a back pass and Hogg secured the loose ball but failed to successfully lob Slockambe scrambling back towards goal. In the end the pressure would pay, Botham with quicker feet than his Bottesford adversary was brought down in the area, the ref taking no time to point to the spot. Scott Philips stepped up in the 25 minute making no mistake sending the keeper the wrong way converting his 3rd from the spot this season. Blott was instantly involved in another penalty shout, barged off the ball making a little too much of the challenge losing the referees interest.
Bottesford issued a killer blow, handy left back Lill was not scared to take on Hyam presenting Chatterton the perfect ball, he didn't turn down the opportunity to level the scores striking well inside the area leaving Bramley with no chance. Scarborough only holding the lead for a mere three minutes. A disheartened Boro struggled to find their feet conceding against the run of play but did well to fend off the home side with their tails well and truly up looking to capitalise on their ascendancy. The away side had one final chance before the break to regain the advantage a Hyam cross was met by the head of Botham rattling the post with the Bottesford defence left helpless. At the break the sides were level with France again rueing chances missed, Scarborough should have been out of sight.
Botham had another chance to score on his debut early in the second half, heading just over connecting with a Hyam cross. A cheeky Evans seized an opportunity of an early free kick beating the keeper but rebounding off the bar, lady luck not in Boro's corner today. France brought off Phillips in favour of Hepples looking for something different and a little bite in the middle of the park. Bottesford took the game to Boro putting a stranglehold on possession and preventing the away team getting into their stride. La Rocca consolidated home side's momentum into the lead heading past Bramley on 35 minutes, leaving Boro with an uphill task. The home side would not let up Bramley doing well to keep Bottesford in sight pulling off two good saves from Sherlock and Chatterton. The final nail in the coffin was delivered by sub Jackson who caught a pushing Boro on the break, a route one pass down the middle was launched into the top left corner from distance making it game, set and match.
France will be disappointed that his new signings were unable to beat a team with similar league form. However fans can be reassured that the new quality once gelled should offer encouragement, with competition for places all over the pitch player commitment on match day will be assured. One problem that fans would like to see moving in the right direction is chances converted to goals, with Lightowler set to be sidelined for some time hopefully Blott will fit the bill. Scarborough's fringe players will now be put through their paces at Queensgate on 24th with a friendly against Winterton Rangers in hopes of a first team call up.
Boro Line-up: Bramley, Hyam, Waltham ©, Wood, Evans, Thompson (Pindar), Widdowson, Phillips (Hepples), Botham, Hogg, Blott (Tate)
Bottesford Line-up: Slokambe, Lill, La Rocca, Johnston, Nicholidis, Baross, Sherlock, Turoy, Larrin, Chatterton, Mitchell
Subs: Jackson, Drayton, Leech.