Scarborough Athletic fought back from two goals down to beat New Mills at Queensgate on Saturday, courtesy of Gary Bradshaw’s stoppage-time winner
A lack of defensive cohesion over the course of the 90 minutes threatened to prove costly, however Rudy Funk’s team showed for the second time in five days that they are made of stern stuff and have enough firepower to win games without keeping clean sheets.
Although Boro began brightly, they fell behind with just seven minutes on the clock from what was New Mills’ first serious foray forward.
A free-kick was swung in from the right and Daniel Shaw was afforded time and space at the back post to plant a free header past Jason White.
Boro went straight down the other end and Ryan Blott played in Gary Bradshaw, who rounded Millers keeper Peter Collinge but his tame effort was intercepted by a covering defender.
Some near interplay then afforded skipper Chris Bolder a sight of goal but his strike from a tight angle was headed to safety with Collinge again beaten.
Athletic continued to press and Jimmy Beadle just couldn’t quite get enough on a header to divert the ball home after Jordan Thewlis whipped a teasing cross across the face of the visitors’ goal.
A goal looked very much on the cards, and one duly arrived in the 24th minute, but from a Boro perspective it came at the wrong end.
A swift Millers counter ended with Ryan Hopper placing the ball past White after Dominic Welsby’s low cross from the right was diverted into his bath by Ben Middleton.
It took the Seadogs a while to recover from this second setback and although they continued to see plenty of the ball, it looked like they would be heading for the half-time oranges at 2-0 down.
Just a minute before the interval they were however handed a lifeline when Blott was felled in the penalty area for Boro’s third penalty in successive games.
Beadle stepped up and powered the ball past Collinge, although the stopper did get something on the strike, diving at full-stretch to his left.
Moments later, things got even better for the hosts.
A quick break down the left saw Blott pick out Bradshaw at the far post and his header back across goal fell perfectly for Beadle to dive and nod the ball over the line for 2-2.
The second half got underway with Blott going through on Collinge’s goal almost straight from kick-off but he failed to convert the chance.
James Hampson and substitute Wesley Bancroft both had half chances for New Mills, but most of the play was in the Derbyshire side’s half of the pitch.
As Athletic began to turn the screw, Blott shanked an effort wide after Ryan Williams’ cute pass set him up and Steve Burton failed to connect with a Jimmy Ghaichem cross from the right with the goal at his mercy.
Bradshaw then worked himself a couple of promising openings but was unable to trouble Collinge on either occasion.
Bancroft headed into the side netting following a New Mills counter before a low cross from the left picked out Bradshaw in a great position in front of goal but he couldn’t get a shot away.
It looked as if Boro might have missed their chances to grab a winning goal as the away side ended the game strongly, the lively Bancroft denied by the feet of White after finding himself with a clear run on the home goal.
There was still time for one last attack however, and this time Funk’s men made it count.
Blott played a square pass to Bradshaw on the edge of the penalty area and his thunderous effort flew into the far corner of the net to spark wild celebrations.
In similar fashion to Tuesday night’s victory over Harrogate Railway, Boro showed great resolve and tenacity to come from behind to claim a second successive Evo-Stik Division One North success.
Once again, they passed the ball nicely and created plenty of chances but the ease with which opposition teams have been able to threaten Jason White’s goal and the fact that eight goals have been conceded in just three outings are two pressing issues that really need addressing.
The bottom line, however, is that Boro have won their last two games and as a result there is plenty for the Seadogs faithful to be positive about.