Boro crash out of FA Cup

Max Wright on the charge for Boro. Picture by Morgan Exley
Max Wright on the charge for Boro. Picture by Morgan Exley

Scarborough Athletic's FA Cup adventure ended with a whimper on Saturday in front of a packed Flamingo Land Stadium crowd.

The main trait of Boro's charge through to the fourth qualifying round was their ability to dig in and fight. But that was something they lacked in the 2-0 loss against Evo-Stik North promotion rivals Hyde.

Michael Coulson fires a shot at goal

Michael Coulson fires a shot at goal

They were also hindered by some horrific defending, especially from set-pieces, with a workmanlike Hyde being gifted both of their goals.

It could have been so different had Boro grabbed their key early chances.

Firstly Max Wright marauded past a static Hyde defence, but his left-footed drive was straight at keeper Peter Crook.

Then, after something of a melee in the box, the ball fell to Billy Logan, but the returning striker failed to turn and then didn't connect with a back-heel before Hyde managed to mop up.

Boro then failed the first test of their defence, as Hyde took the lead from a dreaded set-piece.

The ball was whipped into the head of an unmarked Matty Beadle at the near post and he managed to divert his effort between Dave Merris and keeper Tommy Taylor.

There was no immediate response from Boro as they lacked the drive and the attacking threat that they usually boast.

They were lucky to survive another set-pieces as bodies had to be put on the line to keep the ball from going in.

But with just a minute of the half remaining there as no get out of jail card, as more horrible defending let Hyde in once again.

A run-of-the-mill ball was missed by the whole Boro defence and winger Luke Porritt had time and space to finish past Taylor to make it 2-0.

Having made a sharp start to the first half, Boro repeated this at the beginning of the second and then continued it throughout.

Tyson Gay had to stoop to head off his own line and then Michael Coulson drove a shot that swerved just wide of the target.

The best chance of this period fell to Nathan Valentine, when the ball fell to him on the edge of the six-yard box. But he couldn't get the ball out of his feet, allowing Hyde to block and clear the danger.

Boro continued to press on, but they found Hyde in magnificent defensive form.

Billy Logan did wriggle free, but he could only divert a Coulson free-kick wide of the target.

Boro lacked the help of the officials as well, because on another day they would have been given a spot-kick for what looked a clear foul on Max Wright.

The hosts pushed more and more players up front before a last roll of the dice in bringing on Leon Osborne, James Cadman and Craig Nelthorpe.

Coulson was so unlucky when his shot from close range was deflected over the bar and more misfortune followed as Nelthorpe's corner bounced off the top of the bar.

There was still time for some more shocking Boro defending, as Tom Pratt almost ran the full length of the field unchallenged before drawing a good save from Taylor.

The lively Coulson then almost managed to bend home from the byline and had another effort cleared off the line, but Hyde held firm for the victory.