Barker stunner helps Boro win

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STEVE Brennan’s Scarborough Athletic Reserves side turned in a solid performance to take maximum points from their Humber Premier Division One clash against Inter Charter.

Athletic were quickly on the front foot and were 3-0 ahead after just 15 minutes.

Boro’s unbeaten run was stretched to four games as they killed the contest through a blitz on the Inter Charter goal, stunning their visitors.

Boro’s first came after nine minutes when when Josh Davis’ corner was met by James Palmer, who volleyed superbly past the keeper to break the deadlock.

And Boro furthered their lead just two minutes later when the impressive Davis rose to win a header and neat touches from Luke Foster and Palmer fed former West Pier striker Mikey Barker, who unleashed a thunderous drive that flew in off the under side of the bar.

Boro refused to rest on their laurels and further extended their lead after 15 minutes when Foster picked up the ball on the left, cut inside and whipped a superb curling effort into the far corner of the net past the despairing visiting keeper.

Brennan’s men almost netted a fourth when Palmer’s rasping drive struck the bar but Boro went in at the break three goals to the good.

Inter Charter came out in a more defiant mood after the interval and put up more of a fight against a young Boro side.

But the Athletic Reserves lads held firm, with the back four keeping its second clean sheet in two games, defending resolutely.

Sub Alex Bowman twice went close to extending Boro’s lead even further but the chances went begging and Boro were forced to settle for the 3-0 win, maintaining their excellent run of recent form.

Manager Brennan said: “It was a great result to keep our momentum going.

“We have a big game coming at the weekend and this win and the clean sheet will boost us going into that one.”

Ben Slade, son of Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade, was named man of the match for his outstanding effort in the midfield engine room.

Adam Yhklef, Adam Jones, Mike Gravil and Barker were also on form.