THE up and down nature of Scarborough Athletic’s season continued as they collected the points in West Yorkshire.
Just seven days before Boro had slipped to their third consecutive defeat without scoring a goal. But two victories since then have caused the spirits to lift once again.
This victory was inspired by the brilliance of striker Ryan Blott and the hard work of his Boro teammates.
Blott scored two great goals as Paul Olsson’s men came from behind in the first half, and they should probably have wrapped things up in a more comfortably fashion.
Boro started brightly and their attacking play caused problems from the off.
Richard Medcalf saw his early shot spilled by home keeper James Waggett, but the defensive door slammed shut before Blott could pounce on the rebound.
Returning midfielder Nick McNamara also posed a threat when he saw his dipping volley deflected wide.
The action was at a premium in Boro’s half, though Brighouse did launch the odd attack. Their first meaningful assault came 20 minutes in, when Boro full-back Callum Reid misjudged a long ball, Lee Burgess lobbed just over.
Medcalf tried his luck with a lofted effort at the other end, but his attempt on the turn also sailed above the bar.
Against all odds it was the hosts who took the advantage on the half-hour mark.
Some slack defending from a throw on Brighouse’s right presented Burgess with the freedom of the penalty area to smash into the bottom corner.
It took Boro just six minutes to bounce back from this disappointment.
Richard Dunning’s free-kick was headed back at the far post by Chris Jenkinson. Blott collected neatly and volleyed a glorious effort into the roof of the Brighouse net.
The turnaround was completed in the 40th minute when Medcalf sent Blott sniping in on goal and the striker picked out the bottom corner.
This screw should have been turned further after the break as Boro maintained their supremacy.
Mike Gibson’s angled strike was hacked clear off the line, and Medcalf unbelievably failed to score when he headed over from under the bar.
Frontman Medcalf came so close to making up for this just after the hour, when his spectacular over-head strike from a Frank Belt cross fizzed just over.
Brighouse continued to shut up shop in the final minutes, but Boro twice came within a whisker of sealing a third.
Medcalf delightfully dinked towards goal, but Waggitt tipped over. Then Blott picked out McNamara, but the midfielder rolled wide from the edge of the area.