Boro in seventh heaven after Brigg win

Boro striker Gary Bradshaw netted a hat-trick in the 4-0 win against Brigg
Boro striker Gary Bradshaw netted a hat-trick in the 4-0 win against Brigg

Scarborough Athletic made it seven league wins in a row as they eased to a 4-0 home success over Brigg Town on Tuesday night.

Boro did not have things all their own way in the opening exchanges, however once they got their noses in front after 37 minutes they produced a controlled display, eventually winning the game at a canter.

Rudy Funk’s men could have been behind after a quarter of an hour when the visitors created the first real chance of the evening.

Jason White reacted superbly to divert Zebras striker Philip Jackman’s close-range effort over the bar.

The action switched to the other end and Ryan Blott twice found himself in decent position in the visitors’ penalty area but was unable to engineer shooting chances on either occasion, before Gary Bradshaw was off target with a couple of efforts from the edge of the box.

Bradshaw then set up Ryan Wiliams for a strike on goal but his effort was too close to Brigg keeper Jake Turner and moments later Matty Plummer unleashed a piledriver from 30 yards that stung that visiting gloveman’s palms.

Boro seemed to be edging closer and this proved to be the case as they took the lead when Pete Davidson dived to head Tom Davie’s low cross from the right flank in at the near post.

Blott tried his luck from distance almost immediately after the re-start before a couple of counter attacks from the away side served as a reminder to Boro that they were still in a game.

The second half began at a sluggish pace but Athletic slowly began to move up through the gears and doubled their lead in the 62nd minute.

Davie’s volley from 18 yards out forced Turner into a fine save and from the resulting corner, Williams picked out Chris Bolder.

Bolder’s effort was spilled by Turner allowing Bradshaw to ram the ball home from barely a yard out.

A goalmouth scramble almost resulted in Boro’s third goal following a quickly-taken free-kick down the right, but the Queensgate crowd did not have to wait long before number three did eventually arrive.

Bradshaw beat the offside trap and advanced confidently on Turner’s goal, calmly sliding the ball past the onrushing keeper with 15 minutes remaining.

There was an even shorter wait for Athletic’s next goal, Bradshaw sending Turner the wrong way from the penalty spot for 4-0 in the 81st minute after Andy Milne had been upended after an almighty scramble just inside the Brigg area.

It would be unfair on the visitors to say that Boro won the game easily, however, such is the confidence that they are exuding at the moment, once Athletic took the lead in the first half there only ever looked like being one outcome.