A late Matty Plummer goal was enough to earn a point for Scarborough Athletic on the road at Tadcaster Albion on Saturday.
Boro finally grabbed some cheer from a firm Brewers’ defence when centre-back Plummer lashed home a sweet volley in the 83rd minute.
The visitors’ probably should have departed with all three points though after a battle in the later October sun.
Although Boro did defend well, with Sam Denton making a solid debut in the heart of the back-line, they lacked the touch further up the field, with home stopper Josh Leader only making a handful of saves.
Leader’s goal led a charmed life from the very beginning, with every Boro effort testing the hoardings rather than the keeper.
Tommy Adams diverted a Jermain Hollis cross just past the post and Ryan Blott guided an acrobatic effort wide.
Leader did make a save when tipping away Hollis’ header and from the resulting corner Denton powered a header away from goal.
Feeling left out, referee Mr Royston felt it was time to make his own impact on the proceedings, as he contrived to chip in with a string of ridiculous decisions, which continually dammed the flow of the game.
Boro were still on top though, with Paddy Miller’s tame header being saved and Ryan Blott seeing a shot being fumbled over the bar by the home keeper.
With the interval approaching, Boro were stung by a controversial decision, which gifted Tadcaster the lead.
After a break on the right, the ball was played into Josh Barrett in the box. Barrett went down under a soft challenge from Denton and the referee pointed straight at the spot.
Full-back Steve Jeff stepped up and gleefully smashed the ball past Steve Wilson.
Half-time came and went, with the new period taking a similar path to the first.
Adams smashed over in the first seconds, and then Plummer fed Tony Hackworth with a fine ball over the top. The striker did everything right, apart from stroking his angled drive just past the upright.
The game descended into a scrap in the time remaining, with the referee producing a string of possibly unwarranted yellow cards.
Boro tried to alter things a trace by introducing Tom Claisse, James Bennett and Robbie Hawkes, but it seemed as though it just wasn’t going to be their day.
That was until the 83rd minute when Boro won a corner on the right. Bennett’s delivery was headed straight into the path of Plummer, who met it superbly, giving Leader no chance.
Blott could have wrapped up a smash-and-grab win in the final minutes, but he completed something of an off-day by his standards, by striking wide.
A point was claimed though by Boro, who showed character in abundance, but maybe lacked their usual composure when it was required.