Scarborough 3 Yorkshire Amateur 0
France opted for an attacking 3-5-2 formation, Kemp returned at the back with his hard cast being replaced for a referee friendly softer one, Waltham and Wood completing the defence. 'Disco' Hepples reclaimed a starting slot alongside Phillips, Botham and Widdowson, Mark Griffin returning from injury finalising the midfield. The Hogg and Blott combination was favoured again in hopes of finding the formula up front. France made some space on the subs bench for new signing Anthony Bowsley promising that he would feature at some point.
Scarborough started as they meant to go on, with Hogg having the first chance just minutes into the game dragging the ball wide just outside the six yard box. Scarborough were already establishing themselves as the dominant side, neat and tidy passing on the edge of the box gave Blott the ideal opportunity to slot Hepples through, the pass didn't find him but ricochet allowed Hogg a gilt edged opportunity but enthusiastically snatched at it firing just wide.
Yorkshire Amateur reminded the home side that they had attacking aspirations after 15 minutes, Tesfa Walton struck well from distance, the lobbing shot was watched well by Bramley who tipped the ball over to safety. Any attacking pressure from the visitors was short lived with Blott back down the other end sniffing for a goal, Blott sold the defence a dummy finding some space blasting a shot inches wide of the top left hand corner. Boro persisted on goal and had more possession than they knew what to do with, a sweeping move resulted in Hogg presenting Griffin with a one on one with the keeper, Griffin failed to find any power Clarke in goal grateful to latch on to the ball. Hogg would have two further chances to put his name on the score sheet, forcing two excellent saves from the keeper who was as dumfounded as any that the score was still 0-0.
Phillips put the home side in the lead with a long overdue goal, Hogg again in the thick of things assisting Phillips who didn’t make any mistake powering the ball into the right hand roof of the net. The score would remain 1-0 at the break, Boro had enough chances for many more however the same commitment in the second half would secure the victory.
Scarborough continued their superiority into the second half giving Yorkshire Amateur no time to breathe, not letting up for a moment. The goal threats continued to come thick and fast, Griffin heading just over latching onto a cross from the ever involved Hogg. The uncompromising Hepples covered every inch of the pitch chasing down every lost cause, his cross was met with the head of Blott whose looping header sailed over a misplaced Clarke on 54 minutes to open his Boro account. Hepples piercing ball sent Blott charging down on goal, only a last ditch tackle deflecting the shot wide. The home fans were celebrating the third, Widdowson finding the back of the net only to be ruled offside. With 20 minutes to go Bowsley was introduced at the expense of Blott, his first competitive action for Scarborough.
It wasn't long before Bowsley was involved picking out Phillips with a pin point free kick at the back post, the header just off target. Bowsley was given a further opportunity to make his mark, Griffin was hauled down winning a free kick in an attacking position, Bowsley stepped up and struck narrowly over. Two minutes before time Phillips went down in the area doing enough to attract the attention of the ref who pointed to the spot. Phillips got up to excellently convert the spot kick, making it 2 for the day and maintaining his 100% penalty record.
All in all a good day at the office for Boro never really giving the visitors a look in, the back 3 defending well, mostly on the half way line. The midfield worked tirelessly, notably Hepples never viewing anything as lost cause. With a little bit of sharpness up front the score could have been double. Ahead of a tough clash away at high flyers Gedling, this was a vital confidence boosting performance for in 7 days Boro will face a must tougher fixture.
Boro Line up: Bramley, Wood, Kemp, Waltham, Phillips, Hepples, Griffin, Widdowson, Blott (Bowsley), Hogg, Botham (Pindar)
Unused subs: Evans
Yorks Line up: Clarke, Watson, Hudson, Wray, Hainsworth, Graham, Burns, Smith, Roffe, Walton, Driscol
Subs: Burton, Lawrenson, Egan