Boro held at Sheffield

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Scarborough Athaletic held on for a battling point at Sheffield FC in the Evo-Stik South.

Having controlled the first half, Boro failed to take advantage and they had to cling on a little in the closing moments as Sheffield pressed for the win.

Boro did manage to raise a side for kick-off, despite their hefty list of injuries. Andy Milne and Jimmy Beadle were both absent though, leaving space for young reserve Jordan Oliver on the bench.

Rudy Funk’s men started the game at 100 mph, catching the home defence on the back foot.

Ryan Blott smashed a Grant Ryan centre just wide after just 20 seconds, then Ryan had a go of his own, but his strike was punched away by keeper Rob Poulter.

Sheffield showed glimpses of a threat on their rare forrays forward. James Gregory completely outstripped the whole Boro left side, his shot flying wide of Jason White’s upright.

Boro had been the main attacking force though and their pressure paid off with 17 minutes on the clock.

Ryan Williams delivered a pin-point cross to the near post and Ben Middleton stopped to head home.

Boro could have added another when Middleton almost turned provider. His delightful ball from the right gave Steve Ridley the opportunity, but he was swiftly denied by the advancing keeper.

So it was something of a surprise when the hosts managed to haul themselves back on terms just before the interval.

Mark Fereday drove a low ball into the middle and Max Pemberton neatly finished.

Boro started the second half in confident fashion, Blott whipped in a shot that bounced away off the angle of post and bar.

White had to maintain his attention soon after though as he raced from the Boro goal to deny Fereday.

The rain soon began to pour after this, washing away any positive action to cheer the dampened fans.

Sheffield possibly caused more of the problems, the pace of their attack really troubling the heart of the Boro defence.

They only created half chances though, Fereday having a weak header saved and then Andrew Gascoigne scuffing his shot when well-placed.

Boro introduced young reserve Jordan Oliver for his debut and he looked solid in place of Paul Foot.

His arrival was a bright point in a tired final few minutes in the Pennine rain.