Boro bounce back into the play-offs with Ossett win

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Scarborough Athletic’s yo-yo form continued when they secured a 2-0 home success against Ossett Town on Saturday.

Having bounced in and out of the play-off places over the past few weeks, Boro’s three-point haul was enough to push them back up to fifth place.

The performance was a far cry from the one of a month of so ago when Boro were comfortably swept aside in West Yorkshire.

Boro set-up with the traditional two banks of four and they simply squeezed the life out of their opponents.

Matty Plummer and former Ossett target Ben Middleton looked assured at centre-back, while the reunited strike-force of Gary Bradshaw and Ryan Blott both hit the target.

One issue that became apparent in the opening minutes was referee Mark Swift’s interesting take on the cards in his pocket.

Boro full-back Steve Ridley cut down winger Calum Hepworth and escaped a possibly warranted caution. Then seconds later Boro new boys Nathan Evans stumbled over an outstretched leg in the box and was awarded a booking.

Former Boro man Danny Chambers blew the opening opportunity of the game when his effort from the edge of the box was deflected wide.

Bradshaw almost went one better at the other end, but Brad Dixon got both palms to his stinging drive.

As the moments of the half ticked on, Boro finally managed to take advantage of a rare Dixon error. The keeper failed to hold a ball into the box and Blott pounced to poke home.

Blott almost doubled his account just seconds later, but Dixon made a swift return to form.

A flurry of yellow cards followed leading up to the break as Mr Swift continued his excitement with the situation.

The action was once again at a premium in the second half, and if the game did get going a swift toot on the whistle once again brought things to a stand-still.

At the mid-point of the second period, things kicked off when Blott looked to have left his foot in on Ossett man Rob Bordman.

Everyone apart from the two keepers got stuck into some pushing and shoving, before Blott and Bordman received cautions for their part.

Bradshaw bent an effort just past the Ossett post, before the visitors had their first effort of a quiet second half when Ross Armstrong curled over.

Ossett began to up their game late on, with diminutive sub Josh Whiteley skying a great chance, keeper White then holding onto a Chambers drive.

Boro were playing on the break by this point, and they did it in useful fashion, sparked by the trickery of sub James Bennett.

Blott took advantage of this when he drilled Bennett’s ball just wide.

Then Bennett created more space in the Ossett penalty area and his pass to Bradshaw was converted.

The last-gasp goal sealed a solid Boro performance and once again heightened hopes of a successful quest this season.