Boro 2 Staveley 1
Brian France was thankful for the return of Dave Kemp and Richard Medcalf who both found a starting place at the expense of Craig Evans and Joel Hartley. In the absence of Dave Bramley second choice keeper Glenn Powley was given his fifth competitive start of the season, Scott Phillips was still serving a suspension and once again watched from the sidelines.
Boro started in determined fashion, technically nothing to play for but were out to finish the season on the right note. The best of the early chances fell to the home side, Graham Botham getting away a shot that looped just wide of the post. Scarborough took the lead after only 8 minutes after a tricksy Medcalf run drew a foul in a dangerous position. Ryan Blott lined up the free kick which he drove into the wall, the ball found its way to Botham who finished from point blank range. Staveley were not here to give Scarborough a free ride and dug in and were determined to get something from the game, Callam Flanagan rose above the crowd to head at goal forcing a fine save from Powley.
Gary Hepples was his tigerish self winning the ball in the middle of the park to send Blott on his way, Blott was under close supervision by two defenders but still found room to shoot across the face of the goal but narrowly wide. Staveley were sticking to their task and trying to starve Boro of the ball, the captain Ryan Damms found him self in space after a rebound, his shot however was straight at the keeper. Ryan Davies was called into action on numerous occasions with the away attack spearheaded down the left wing, an excellent challenge deep inside the area prevented Kyle Fores-Chambers getting away a shot destined to cause trouble. At half time Boro kept their noses in front but faced some stern competition, the next goal was always going to be key.
Boro started in the best possible way in the second half catching the away side cold scoring shortly after the restart. A sweeping move down the right wing sent Blott in on goal; the ball was bundled over in an untidy fashion to secure his place as 6th in the list the leagues top scorers despite joining Boro in late October. With Scarborough now in the driving seat France introduced both Joel Hartley and Craig Hogg to give them a good run out before the season was over. Boro continued to press on and were more effective than in the later stages of the second half. Seemingly out of nowhere and no real warning Spencer Goff unleashed a perilous strike from distance, the first thing anyone knew about it was when the ball clipped the left hand post and into the back of the net.
Staveley were now in touching distance with a strike that would have graced many a league above the Northern Counties League. Boro however had different designs; the home side were able to contain the away ambition and kept them at arms length preventing any further threats on goal. Boro had a gilt edged chance to restore their two goal advantage when Hogg had only the keeper to beat, the Boro striker was brought down just outside the box by keeper Richard Ayes. The ref was left with no choice but to issue a red card leaving the visitors with only 10 men and a makeshift keeper. Boro prowled for their third goal with the man advantage, Joe Lightowler made a late cameo but his shoot on sight policy was left unrewarded.
Boro did enough to secure the points extending their unbeaten run to 12 games in the league and their 5th place in the table. A successful first season ends positively and with a bright future next season promises to be even more exciting. All eyes are on Brian France to see who he can bring in from his wish list over the summer break. Now the season is over life returns to the normality of weekend D.I.Y, gardening and pretending to like cricket amongst other things to pass the time before pre-season friendlies and life as we know it can resume.
Boro Line-up: Powley, Davis, Kemp, Waltham, Widdowson, Hepples, Griffin, Thompson (Hartley 58), Blott (Lightowler 83), Medcalf (Hogg 57), Botham © Cards: Yellow: Thompson Goals: Botham 8, Blott 50
Staveley Line-up: Ayres, Fox, Jones (Shepherd 57), Cotton, Robinson, Broadbent, Fores-Chambers, Flanagan (Ransom 90), Damms ©, Gregory, Goff Unused Sub: Brown Cards: Yellow: Damms Red: Ayres Goals: Goff 63