Boro 2 Teversal 2
After such a comprehensive victory the previous week Brian France would have wanted to keep exactly the same 11 players. However the injured Richard Medcalf allowed Craig Hogg a starting place meaning that the newly fit Ryan Morton was the only tactical change of the day. New signing Joel Hartley was named on the bench poised to make an entrance.
Boro found it difficult in the early stages to find their recent good form, the conditions were not ideal and Teversal were doing their best to cramp their style. It was clear from the off that scoring 8 goals would be more than an uphill challenge. Scarborough did however get their game together and Ryan Blott looped a ball over to Morton whose cross failed to meet anyone as it shot under the nose of keeper Jonathan Wilson. It was then Blott's turn to be on the receiving end of a good ball from fellow striker Hogg, Blott couldn't have struck it any better but was too straight to cause Wilson any problems.
Dave Bramley had to be on his toes when Teversal striker Jack Townroe had a speculative long range shot aided by the wind, the ball destined for the top corner was picked out of the air at a stretch. The away side not only stifled the on form Boro but had enough muscle to take them on and mastered the wintry conditions for spells. Substitute Gary Atkins was unlucky not to put his side into the lead just before half time when Carl Wood deflected his shot wide of the post on the goal line. The home side had the last chance of the half as Hogg held up the ball on the edge of the penalty area; Scott Phillips carried the ball forward but was dispossessed before he could pull the trigger. The first half performance was competent without igniting the senses, some inspiration would be required to take the points, perhaps some choice words from Brian France would do the trick.
Whatever was said in the changing rooms wasn't enough to make visible changes on the pitch as Teversal continued to grow in confidence and were passing with ease. Blott finally beat the off side trap and had an age to round the keeper to take the lead, however the shot trickled wide but should have been the first goal of the game. Blott didn't have to wait long to make up for his miss when Kevin Milner crossed to the far post where Blott arched his back for a controlled looping header to the far corner to take the lead. Hartley had his chance to impress after 66 minutes replacing Hogg; he was instantly looking sharp and very pacey down the right wing. Both Mark Griffin and Blott found themselves in useful position on both by-lines but failed to convert their chances.
Teversal were not giving in and capitalised on a defensive nap allowing Marc Scott room to shoot, Bramley was rooted to the spot only able to watch as the ball rocketed into the top right hand corner. The wind was in Boro's favour in the second half and were using this as a weapon on corners, the first coming from Botham hitting the bar before going behind. Boro were stunned when Teversal took the lead when Andrew Woodcock was left unmarked at the back post and was picked out perfectly for a diving header in to the bottom corner. With the clock ticking Boro's promotion hopes were hanging on a wire, it was then Griffin's turn to threaten from a corner, his wind swept cross forced a good save. Boro were thrown a life line when a Teversal player handled on the line, Scott Phillips stepped up to maintain his 100% record from the spot. In some frantic last minutes Dave Kemp had a shot deflected over the bar, but the away side did enough to take a point away from the game.
Overall Boro had the best of the chances but it was a couple of defensive lapses that cost Boro the points. The adverse conditions prevented Scarborough from playing the football of late, in truth not enough players were on fire to make a difference. The points have taken the pressure off the teams above in the promotion push; it is not over until statistically impossible but the second spot is looking out of sight.
Result: Boro 2 Teversal 2
Boro Line-up: Bramley, Wood, Milner, Kemp, Widdowson, Botham, Griffin, Phillips, Blott, Hogg (Hartley 66), Morton (Hepples 75) Unused sub: Davies Cards: Yellow: Kemp, Wood Goals: Blott 62, Phillips 86 pen
Teversal: Wilson, Holmes, Lyall, Giles, Short, Scott, Edwards (Rathbone 88), Hudson, Woodcock, Townroe, Tighe (Atkins 33) Cards: Yellow: Holmes Goals: Scott 77, Woodcock 85
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