Beadle and Williams haul Boro back on track

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Scarborough Athletic smashed their winless run on Saturday when they edged past high-flying Newcastle Town on a boggy Queensgate.

Superb strikes from Jimmy Beadle and Ryan Williams booked all the points in a 2-1 win, hoisting Boro back into the play-off mix.

This was despite boss Rudy Funk throwing out a side spear-headed by youthful striker Sam O’Malley and Beadle, who more regularly slots in as a central midfielder.

Home bodies were thrown on the line throughout the 90 minutes, keeping out a lively Newcastle team who had been in superb nick in recent weeks.

Newcastle were unlucky not to grab the lead in the opening few minutes of a drenched encounter, Boro clinging on as Jordan Cole struck the foot of the post and the visitors swung in a number of corners.

With lightning flashing overhead, Boro’s Beadle produced a thunderbolt of his own to hand his side the lead against the run of play.

The former Scarborough FC man collected 25 yards from goal and drove the ball arrowing past David Parton.

Newcastle defender Aaron Carter glanced a header past the Boro post, before Beadle had another attempt from distance, but this time he tested the strength of the food hut instead of the net.

Boro defender Matty Plummer then got in on the act, but his powerful drive from 40 yards fizzed just wide.

Another wonder-strike was on its way though, as the tricky Ryan Williams jigged through a challenge and smashed the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.

Boro could have pulled further away, with Beadle striking over and Tom Davie fluffing his lines when he was played in on the visiting stopper.

There was a blow to follow right on the stroke of the break, when a huge mix-up from a corner between Liam Shepherd and Jason White allowed James Askey in to net.

That could have taken the wind out of Boro’s sails, but instead they dropped anchor and dug in for the victory.

In fact, Boro possibly had the better of the second period, with a good number of chances being created by the raiding midfielders led by Pete Davidson and Williams.

Davidson fed O’Malley, but his shot was beaten away, then Davie was denied by keeper Parton.

Boro were then forced to focus their efforts on defending, a job they stuck to manfully, with Chris Bolder, Andy Milne, Paul Foot and Matty Plummer all blocking shots.

O’Malley had the chance to drive a cushion between the sides before he was withdrawn for Steve Ridley, but he scooped agonisingly over after a neat pull-back by Davie.