Boro feel the chop at Butcher's Arms

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Scarborough Athletic stumbled into the festive period with an abysmal performance at Droylsden.

Bosses Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes asked for more quality and grit from their players in order to haul Boro away from the quagmire at the foot of the table, but both traits were lacking in awful conditions at the Butchers Arms.

Tom Corner wins a header at Droylsden

Tom Corner wins a header at Droylsden

After what turned out to be a slog on a bog of a pitch, Boro trudged off on the wrong end of a 4-2 defeat, a result that leaves them hovering in a concerning 18th position.

Questions now need to be asked of the Boro line-up, who just failed to produce, but not for the first time in what is becoming an ugly campaign.

They did make a solid start to the game, though the wafer thin confidence once again broke when Droylsden grabbed an early goal.

Boro had controlled the early stages, but a swift break down the left by Ben Barber picked out Domaine Rouse 25 yards from goal. The midfielder unleased a glorious side-footed drive that nestled sweetly in the top corner.

Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes watch on

Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes watch on

There was a short rally from Boro, as Ryan Blott bent just wide and then the dancing feet of Fernando Moke allowed him to level up against his former club.

Moke collected just outside the area and he proceeded to ghost through challenges, round keeper Steve James and roll into an empty net.

Parity lasted just three minutes as Droylsden winger Billy Cregg kicked off his outstanding afternoon.

Cregg comfortably outpaced the left side of the Boro defence to latch onto a throughball and he beat Patrick Weaver with a comfortable finish.

With the conditions deteriorating, the action began to dry up for the rest of the first period, leaving Droylsden with a slight advantage at the break.

Boro could have restored the equilibrium when the second period got underway, but after good work from Blott on the left, Tom Corner's header sailed just over.

More superb wing-play from Cregg at the other end then stretched what was to become an unassailable lead.

Cregg sprinted past sub Kesi Omolokun and delivered an inch-perfect cross that was rolled home by James Hampson.

Boro opted for more changes in a bid to fight their way back into the game, with Pete Davidson and Jamie Forrester arriving on the field.

Annoyingly for the bench it did little to stem the tide, as Cregg was superbly denied by Weaver, then some shocking defending saw Droylsden increase their lead further.

Midfielder Lee O'Brien was left unmarked from a corner and he flicked gleefully home through a static crowd of players to make it 4-1.

Boro began to find some late fight, but it was too little too late.

Alex Metcalfe twice went close with drives, before a Corner header was touched home by Joe Fox in the final minutes to make it 4-2.

The time ran out though, leaving players an management conducting another fierce anaylsis of a fifth defeat in their last five league outings..