Boro lucky to take point despite fighting back

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SCARBOROUGH Athletic used their get out of jail card to bag a point, which keeps them on top of the NCEL Premier table.

Boro were trailing by three goals against mid-table Liversedge with just 20 minutes remaining, but a late push allowed them to grab a share of the spoils.

Rudy Funk’s men certainly didn’t deserve a home point for their efforts in the first 70 minutes of the match, as they lacked creative spark in attack and defended calamitously.

The opening few seconds of the match did show some promise, as Ryan Blott wriggled free in the area, but his dink was just wide.

There were a few concerning signs minutes later though, as keeper Kevin Martin missed his punch, fortunately Liversedge midfielder Damien Hopkins failed to get his shot on target.

Boro’s final highlight of the first half followed, as Bill Law’s shot was deflected goalwards, but the spin took it against the post.

The resulting lengthy clearance by keeper James Waggett sparked the perfect route-one goal.

A couple of touches guided the ball to a wide-open Nathan Cartman, who lashed across Martin and into the net.

Five minutes later Boro’s defence disappeared once again. Alex Hallam’s weak shot found its way to Jamie Wasley, who smashed home.

Wasley could have had his second before the break when he shook off Tony Hackworth and ran through on Martin, but he chipped his effort wide of the mark.

While making the challenge Hackworth picked up a knee injury, which led to him limping off to be replaced by Denny Ingram soon after.

Boss Funk will have had plenty to say at the break following Boro’s worst first half of the season, but his words didn’t seem to make any difference.

Martin made a fantastic reaction save from a Cartman header, as Liversedge pushed to kill the game off.

Boro did finally begin to improve around the hour mark, but they were rocked for a third time with 20 minutes left.

Cartman sprayed a fine ball to the back post and, with wing-back Law standing watching, Hallam drilled past Martin.

This goal finally shook Boro into action, and with 18 minutes left they did give themselves hope.

Law’s cross was met powerfully by the raiding Paddy Miller and the ball made its way through a number of bodies and into the goal.

Blott saw his shot saved after a swift build-up, before Boro trimmed the gap to one in the 84th minute.

A melee erupted in the box and Matt Draper emerged to poke home.

Then, in the 89th minute, more Boro pressure completed the comeback.

Miller nodded the ball down to Dean Windass. He got to the by-line and fired in a cross. The ball struck Blott’s midriff, as well as a number of other players, and beat the Liversedge keeper for a third time.

Boro continued the charge in the final seconds, but they failed to bag a fourth that would have given them an undeserved three points.