Hall Road Rangers 2 - 0 Scarborough

Brian France was forced to make changes in midfield with Hepples out injured, Liam Widdowson was brought back into the side to replace him. It was a welcome return for Thompson who reclaimed a first team place after his holiday, he was favoured in front of Rob Pindar was had to settle for a place on the bench. Scarborough were to be roared on by a vocal travelling support, once again making up the majority of the spectators.

Boro carried their attacking momentum from the off having the best of the early encounters, seemingly settling into an early rhythm. Despite not creating any clear cut chances Scarborough were definitely the stronger side in the first 15 minutes, winning the majority of loose balls Scott Phillips looking commanding in the centre of the park. The first chance fell to Hogg, a series of miss kicks and scuffs after a corner allowed Hogg to get a shot away, only to be cleared off the line by a defender with home keeper Steve Wilson beaten.

It was the home team who would break the deadlock as a result of the first of many confusing decisions made by Referee Anthony Murphy. A penalty was awarded on 25 minutes for what seemed to be an infringement by Boro keeper Bramley, although exactly what happened will forever remain a mystery to the away support. Paul Palmer blasted the ball straight into the roof of the net to bring his total to an impressive 13 goals for the season. Not deterred by conceding against the run of play Scarborough continued in the same vein, pressing on and maintaining their dominance. A teasing through ball drew out home keeper Wilson off his line who misjudged the pace which allowed Griffin to intercept. Wilson now in no mans land scrambled back towards goal, Griffins sublime chip only denied with an excellent defensive header turning the ball over the bar with the keeper most gracious for his efforts. At half time the home side held the lead with Boro doing almost everything but score; the away team would need to maintain the intensity in the second half if they were going to take anything from this game.

It was Scarborough again who take the game to Hall Road, who for the most part were only really able to hit on the break as Boro continued to huff and puff. An aggressive swirling corner found the head of Exley, Boro again were denied with another defensive header from the line with the keeper stranded outside his six yard box. Wilberforce replaced Exley on 54 minutes, Wilberforce placed on the right wing, France trying to shake things up pushing Griffin up front. A great cross field ball gave Thompson a 1 on 1 with the opposing full back, the midfielder forced the Hall Road defender into the penalty area. With a drop of the shoulder Thompson lost his man and the last ditch tackle brought him down and made no contact with the ball, the penalty was turned down leaving the away support confused and furious in equal amounts.

The story of the first half repeated itself with Boro not being able to convert attacking pressure into to clear cut chances. Hall Road came back at Boro more as the game went on, with the away side finding it hard to find the formula to break down the stubborn home defence. The referee continued to bemuse the spectators, failing to caution some dangerous challenges and then giving the free kick the other way.

Hogg gave the away support something to cheer as he picked up the ball on the right wing and drove to the centre of the Hall Road box, however the resulting shot failed to trouble the keeper. Brian France rolled the dice one last time brining on Thompson for Reveley at the death on 84 minutes. Any hopes of an instant impact were destroyed as a pressing Boro were caught on the break. Ingram converted a cutting through ball with a great strike that would have beat most keepers, powering the finish past Bramley at his near post with only 4 minutes to play.

In summary, Scarborough had the best of the open play which was a game of two penalties, to their credit Hall Road defended doggedly and took their chances well. Brian France will take a lot of positives away and hope to lift his players to take on Tadcaster at home in a weeks time, with a Lightowler return on the horizon, things are definitely moving the right direction.

Boro Lineup: Bramley, Hyam, Evans, Kemp, Waltham ©, Widdowson, Griffin, Phillips, Hogg, Exley (Wilberforce 54), Thompson (Revely 84)

Hall Road Lineup: Wilson, Moulds, Farley ©, Gibson, Baker, Ingram, Walker (Dransfield 67), Thacker, Palmer, Barnwell, Love

Bookings:

Scarborough Athletic: Waltham 80
Hall Road Rangers: Walker 65, Barnwell 82

Attendance: 407

 

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