Boro back to winning ways

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Scarborough Athletic got back to winning ways on Saturday when the grabbed a 2-1 success at Arnold Town.

After two draws on the road in their last two NCEL Premier outings, Boro hung on comfortably for another valuable three-point haul.

Their plight was boosted by a solid debut from centre-half Louis Horne, who mopped neatly up in the Boro defence.

Matty Plummer switched to left-back for the trip, with Paddy Miller playing wide left in place of James Bennett.

In the early stages, Boro had most of their joy down the right, with the marauding Denny Ingram giving Arnold plenty to ponder.

Despite their early pressure Boro almost slipped a goal behind when a weak back-pass from Plummer was collected by Jake Towlson. The striker had time and space, but he slotted the ball the wrong side of Arran Reid’s post.

At the other end Horne planted a header just wide and Tommy Adams had an effort deflected over.

Jimmy Beadle almost maintained his goalscoring quest, driving in a couple of his trademark thunderbolts at the Arnold goal.

His first was brilliantly pushed away by keeper Danny Marshall, then the second smacked against the bar and bounced away.

The raiding Ingram also went close, with his curling strike being picked out of the top corner by Marshall.

The opening goal was coming and it should have arrived when Tony Hackworth swung in a cross to the feet of Miller, but he managed to scoop the ball over from all of three yards.

With just a few minutes of the half remaining, Boro did finally break their duck, Ryan Blott ending his barren spell of two goalless games.

The striker was played through on goal and in typical fashion he stroked the ball under the keeper and into the net.

Boro went close with a pair of headers before the break, Miller’s flying just wide and Horne’s testing the durability of the bar.

The highlights started to dry up as the temperature dipped in the second half, though Boro were still firmly in control.

At one point they put together over 50 passes across the whole surface of the pitch, with Arnold being left chasing shadows.

So it wasn’t hugely surprising when the lead was doubled just after the hour.

Hackworth was picked out in the box after another swift move and the striker scuffed his volley into the bottom corner of the net.

Boro introduced Robbie Hawkes for Miller, with Beadle switching sides to play on the right.

Hawkes’ trickery posed more problems for an Arnold side, who looked to be cracking under the pressure.

So it was something of a surprise when Arnold trimmed the lead back to one on a rare raid into Boro territory.

After a mistake in the middle of the park, Chris Hail delivered a useful cross to the far post and skipper Rob Austin had time and space to plant his header past Reid.

This obviously sparked a few worried expressions after the last gasp capitulations on late, but this time Boro showed their steel to hold on.

In fact they went close to stretching their advantage, as the dancing Hawkes was denied by a good save after a wriggling run into the box.