Boro 8 (EIGHT) Borrowash 0
Brian France would have liked to have kept the defensive line up from the Gedling game, however with Jamie Waltham facing a three week ban for playing for another team whilst suspended meant that Kevin Milner regained his place. The only other change from the previous week's fixture was Gary Hepples in for Morton making his return to fitness.
From the kick off Boro were clearly in the mood and full of confidence, no signs of complacency and were very much willing to work for the three points on offer. It would only take 9 minutes for Scarborough to register on the score board, the fans now getting accustomed to goals before the break. A ball over the top fell to Ryan Blott who had the strength to hold of his man and unselfishly centered to Scott Phillips for a neat finish on the six yard line. Borrowash did offer some resistance early on and had a chance to level as Kevin Milner misjudged the bounce of a cross to allow Robert Spencer in on goal, Dave Bramley was thankful that the shot was directed straight at him.
It was then back to business for the home side as they relentlessly set about the Borrowash goal. Firstly a sweeping move from right to left started with Mark Griffin and ended with Graham Botham in space well inside the area; however he couldn't trap the ball to get a shot away. Botham set Blott away finding him unmarked deep in the area with a clever early free kick, Alex Goddard was alert enough to get to the feet of the Boro striker to save with his legs. Hepples was the next to threaten goal after picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area saw the keeper off his line, a clever lob rippled the net but unfortunately for him fell the wrong side of the cross bar. France was forced to make an earlier change than planned as Richard Medcalf pulled up with a calf problem. Enter Craig Hogg.
The Borrowash defence could hold out no longer when a battling Botham chased a lost cause into the corner to squeeze out a cross, Mark Griffin was sharper than any in the box to steal the ball from under the keeper's nose; just a toe end was enough to double the lead. The final scare of the game at the home end came again from Spencer whose strike came back off the bar. Just before the half time whistle Boro continued to turn the screws, Liam Widdowson's shot from the edge of the area was deflected by right back Wayne Thornhill to leave the keeper motionless and defeated. Boro now three to the good looked odds on for the victory barring a come back of Rocky Balboa proportions.
Brian France’s half time team talk must have been one of no mercy as the second half begun as the previous one ended. Hogg was looking to get his name on the score sheet as there were clearly more goals in this game, his early shot just over the bar. The passing displays on the day were a joy to watch, Hepples and Hogg threaded the ball through to Griffin who would have had his second but for a good save from keeper Goddard.
The fourth goal came on the 65th minute as Blott located Hepples in space in the area who was able to beat the keeper at his near post. Hogg got his goal capitalising on a mistake from sub Daniel Cox, a goal kick caught in the wind was mis-headed back by Cox, Hogg turned on his pace and stretched his leg out to send the ball goalwards.
Things went from bad to worse for the travellers as a Tom Land foul brought Blott down in the area leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Blott negotiated a deal with Phillips to take the penalty; just as well he put it away as Phillips still maintains his 100% record from the spot.
The only disappointing moment for Boro was Scott Phillips receiving his marching orders for a dangerous tackle with his studs up, meaning a ban to follow. After an afternoon of passing and creating chances Blott took the home defence apart in the final 10 minutes of the game, his second of the game was a pin point strike into the bottom right hand corner after being offered too much space on the edge of the area.
With the ball moving in the air route one balls caused all sorts of problems, center back Tom Land missed another bread and butter header to allow Blott all the time in the world to trick the keeper and secure his hatrick and Boro's eighth and final goal.
In the seconds before the final whistle there could have been yet another, Blott turning Land once again but the surely excitable Blott couldn't keep his shot down.
Despite their league position Borrowash were capable of beating Gedling Town recently so are not a poor side by any means, testament indeed to the Boro performance on the day. It is difficult to fault any player with the biggest win registered in league this season, Ryan Blott stood out particularly with his close control, trickery and finally his finishing make him formidable on the day.
This result making a bold statement to all above Boro also with their eyes on the 2nd promotion place, now with accelerator pushed firmly to the floor the grand stand finish to the season is still on.
Result: Boro 8 – Borrowash 0
Boro Line-up: Bramley, Wood © (Davies 63), Milner, Kemp, Widdowson, Hepples (Morton 70), Griffin, Phillips, Blott, Medcalf (Hogg 27), Botham Cards: Yellow: Blott Red: Phillips Goals: Phillips 9, Griffin 32, Widdowson 40, Hepples 65, Hogg 70, Blott 75 (pen), 81 & 90
Borrowash Line-up: Goddard, Thornhill, Banks, Land, De Reus (Cox), Tansley, Heer, Pawley, Leighton, Guy, Spencer Unused subs: Saville, Summerfield