Boro honour Dave Holland with battling point

Boro report
Boro report

The message that Scarborough Athletic boss Steve Kittrick gave to his players before Tuesday night's Evo-Stik North clash with Ossett Town was "Do it for Dave".

Dave Holland, the long-time chairman of Boro, had sadly passed away just hours before the home fixture after a short illness.

This sent shock waves around the club, but everyone from players, staff, board and the fans pulled together to make sure the game went ahead and provided a fitting tribute to a man who, in his tenure, had become Mr Scarborough Athletic.

Three points would have been ideal on the night, but Boro's players still gave their all in a battling goalless draw against an in-form Ossett.

The game moved away to a slow start, the first chance arriving after 11 minutes when Ossett's Jake Ellam whipped in a volley at the Boro goal, which was held by keeper Joe Green.

Ossett were given the perfect opportunity to take the lead after 17 minutes when defender Matt Lucid blocked Alex Peterson's drive on the line with a combination of body and arm.

Referee Darren Whatling brandished a yellow card for Lucid and pointed at the spot, but the acrobatics of Green managed to push Ashley Jackson's kick to safety.

There was little more to report from the opening half, apart from a late scuffle that resulted in a booking for former Boro man Steve Ridley and a great last-gasp chance for Boro.

Matty Turnbull got his head on a free-kick into the box, but Chris Bolder's toe was agonisingly short of turning the ball home.

Boro had a useful opening when the second half kicked off, with Benny Igiehon bursting free, but the big striker lifted his effort over the Ossett goal from the edge of the box.

The hosts continued the press, Niall Flint seeing his low drive blocked and then Jacob Hazel danced around keeper Leigh Overton's but he couldn't fire home from such an acute angle.

The creativity began to vanish in the closing stages, with only a looping Lucid effort causing issues.

One thing was clearly evident after an emotional 90 minutes, if Boro continue to fight like this then their play-off hopes and chairman Holland's dreams of promotion, are still an achievable aim.