Boro power past Padiham

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Scarborough Athletic returned to Evo-Stik North action on Saturday when they comfortably beat Padiham 3-0 on the road.

Athletic turned in an exceptional away-day display to sweep aside their dogged opponents.

Boro fielded the same side that edged Pickering Town out of the North Riding FA Senior Cup on Tuesday night in a dour encounter.

The tempo was upped from the very beginning though, with each player eager to cover the cut-up Padiham gallops.

Loanee striker Alex Peterson became the focal point of the attack, as the Doncaster Rovers man won every header or made ever ball stick.

He was heavily involved in every move, the best opportunity saw him have a low early shot saved, but he made no mistake a second time with 19 minutes on the clock.

Ryan Blott wriggled into some space on the left of the Padiham area and he delivered an inch-perfect cross that Peterson powered home.

Blott almost took a chance himself soon after, but his looping header was grasped by the hard-working Marcus Burgess.

A second was coming though, and it arrived due to the precision delivery of Gary Bradshaw and aerial threat of Jimmy Beadle.

Beadle met Bradshaw’s corner perfectly and guided it beyond a static Burgess to hand Boro a cushion.

After such an excellent start, Boro were stunted by the blow of losing the injured Pete Davidson just after the half-hour, James Bennett taking his place on the park.

This didn’t affect Boro’s flow too much though, as they continued to create against a Padiham side that clearly looked to be lacking confidence.

Beadle almost put the game to bed just a few minutes into the new half, but his thunderbolt from distance was pushed away by Burgess.

Padiham continued to creak as Peterson once again rose well in the box, but his flicked header grazed the top of the bar.

The hosts finally found some momentum though, sparked by lively former Premier League striker Brett Ormerod.

He freed up Sam Dickinson to race in on goal, but Joe Cracknell was equal to his rasping drive.

Then a mix-up between Cracknell and his back four allowed Ormerod a shooting chance from the edge of the box, but he dragged wide.

Boro’s composed style was clearly too much for Padiham’s 100mph game, with each frenetic attack being mopped up by a solid-looking back-line.

The frustration soon took its toll when striker Ben Allen was given a straight red card for an ugly challenge on Boro defenbder Ben Middleton.

This gave Boro the chance to kill things off, something they did confidently in the final few moments.

Bennett and Peterson linked up to feed Blott, who finished sweetly from the edge of the area with the outside of his boot.

Beadle almost added more salt to the gaping home wounds in the last second when he drilled a volley inches past the post.

By this point Boro had already wrapped up another victory and three more points that keeps them firmly in the hunt at the top of the table.