Pre-season round-up

Scarborough Athletic began their life as a competing football club on 17th July 2007, by taking on local side Edgehill at a rain drenched Hunmanby. Despite not scoring, the new side were able to hold out a decent Edgehill front line and came away with a very respectable 0-0 draw which was watched by over 300 spectators.

Next up for Boro was an away game at Northallerton Town of the Northern League. A slightly less damp Calvert Stadium hosted 202 spectators as Boro wiped out a two goal deficit to draw the game 2-2. Goals from Shaun Chadburn and Scott Phillips sent the away support into raptures, and history was made as the first ever Scarborough Athletic goals were scored.

The first match at Boro's temporary home, Queensgate in Bridlington, was against the hosts themselves. A fast paced and entertaining match ended with another Scarborough Athletic first - a victory! After Adam Wilberforce opened the scoring in spectacular style from 30 yards, the pace of the game lessened slightly as Bridlington fought their way back into it, equalising before the break.

The second half was a much brighter affair with goals from Joe Lightowler and Dave Thompson firing Boro into a 3-1 lead, before another Brid goal reduced the lead to one.

The final goal of the match, a stunner by Lee Cappleman, must surely be a contender for goal of the season even at this early stage.

The game finished 4-2 and three quarters of the 455 in attendance gave the squad a well deserved ovation at the final whistle.

The latest result in this exciting build up to the season was a 2-2 draw at Humber Premier League side Hutton Cranswick. After falling behind early on, Boro raced into a 2-1 lead with goals from Craig Hogg and a penalty from Drew McCoubrey.

A crowd of over 200 saw Cranswick equalise in the second half to deny Boro a second consecutive win, but to also extend the unbeaten history of Scarborough Athletic, which now stretches to four games.

Round-up by Matt Lawson

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