Boro raid Rams with rousing rout

Boro report
Boro report

Scarborough Athletic maintained their play-off ambitions on Tuesday night with a comfortable 4-0 win at Ramsbottom United.

Having recorded a battling victory against Glossop on Saturday, Boro flexed their muscles just a few days later with a dominant display.

Boro made one change from Saturday's win, Niall Flint getting the nod in the middle of midfield to give Adam Bolder a rest.

Despite Flint's injection of pace, the game chugged away to the slowest of starts. The lively pitch clearly troubling both sets of players.

The bright points were very limited early on. Boro's being a James Cadman strike sailing over the top of the bar and Matty Turnbull crashing a drive straight at a Ramsbottom defender.

At the other end, all the hosts could muster was a Ryan Salmon effort, which settled in the trees behind the goal.

Things took a more interesting turn just before the interval. Ramsbottom's Grant Spencer fizzed a strike at goal that Joe Green saved well with his feet.

Then, right on the whistle, Boro grabbed the lead. Chris Bolder stooping to head home a corner at the far post.

Buoyed by this, Boro started the second half positively and were so unlucky not to double their lead nine minutes in.

Dave Merris delivered a sweet set-piece from the right, Jacob Hazel met it at the far post, but his shot nestled in the side-netting.

Turnbull then showed his threat from corners, rising well and powering a header into the turf, but the ball bounced up and over the bar.

The big defender got in right on his next adventure in the Ramsbottom box, collecting neatly and then finishing coolly to make it 2-0.

Boro continued to rain in the shots, with Benny Igiehon, Flint and Chris Bolder all going close to stretching the advantage further.

In the end it was Hazel, continuing his knack for scoring delightful goals, who added a third with 12 minutes left.

The striker set his sights from 25 yards and left keeper Martin Fearon stranded with a strike that floated into the top corner.

There was still more to come from Boro, as sub Adam Bolder's free-kick was deflected against the post and Hazel struck both uprights with an effort that somehow failed to cross the line.

Hazel did manage to grab his second and complete the rout in the last minute, rifling a superb drive into a bulging net off the post.