Boro return to winning ways

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Scarborough Athletic finally returned to winning ways in the Evo-Stik South on Tuesday evening when the wrestled basement boys Brigg Town out of the way.

The 3-0 away-day success not only presented Boro with a welcome three points, but it also provided a boost to a side that hadn’t taken a league win since the second game of the campaign.

Manager Rudy Funk opted to alter his formation to a two-pronged attack with Ryan Blott slotting in alongside Gary Bradshaw - a move that worked a treat.

Boro also abandoned the long-ball approach, instead turning to some neat football that pushed Brigg firmly onto the back foot.

The returning James Bennett was an integral part of this in the first period, as he linked up nicely with Blott, Bradshaw, Ryan Williams and Pete Davidson.

Lacking a touch of cutting edge in the opening stages, Boro soon began to work the ball out to Williams, whose persistent crossing soon began to pay dividend.

Blott looped one of his crosses over the bar, the next being diverted just wide by the head of Steve Ridley.

Brigg had very limited threat in attack, though they did cause a few worrying moments. Their best opportunity saw Scott Matthews power a header towards the bottom corner, but Matt Plummer stooped to clear off his own line.

Plummer then had a meaningful input at the other end, breaking Boro’s duck on the night.

The defender rose delightfully to head Steve Ridley’s corner past a stranded Robert Zand in the Brigg goal.

Boro had a let-off soon after when Andy Milne miskicked his clearance, the ball bobbling across the face of the visiting goal and to safety.

Funk’s men had one last raid in the first half as Ridley sweetly volleyed a ball into the box, Blott slid in, but he just failed to convert at the far post.

Blott possibly could have doubled Boro’s lead just after the break when he forced an error between Zand and his centre-half, The striker did get his left-footed shot away, but due to the tight angle it flew into the sidenetting.

Boro began to ease off, but still their youthful opponents failed to force their way back into the fixture.

Their best effort coming from former Athletic man Anthony Bowsley, who smashed a free-kick well over the bar.

Efforts from Blott and Williams came and went before the advantage was finally doubled on the hour.

Davidson crossed for Bradshaw whose shot was spilled by the keeper. Blott was on hand though to stab home his second goal in as many games.

Boro introduced the pace of Tom Davie and Lewis Clarkson, with the latter’s exuberance causing a booking just a few seconds into his arrival.

Clarkson made up for this in the final few minutes when he collected a loose ball in the box and bent it into the top corner. This was a strike that wrapped up three comfortable points and set Boro up nicely for the big FA Cup game at the weekend.