Boro’s late show takes out Tadcaster

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Scarborough Athletic switched on the style late in the day to topple Tadcaster Albion by a 3-0 scoreline at Silver Royd.

Goals from Steve Mallory, Ryan Blott and Tom Corner settled the meeting with Boro’s old rivals, who boasted the well-known faces of Paddy Miller, Andy Milne, Tom Claisse and David Brown in their starting line-up.

The spectacle may not have been the best, but Boro’s supporters will have been struck by the defensive solidity and the late attacking sharpness that drove a cushion between the sides.

There was also the positivity of a clean-sheet for debutant keeper Ben Simpson, who arrived from Frickley just before the fixture.

Simpson was a bystander in the early stages as Boro created a brace of good chances.

Ryan Blott almost took advantage of some luxurious build-up play with 10 minutes gone, but his deft flick was held by Gary Stevens.

Then the Tadcaster stopper had to stretch his arm to the limit to tip Joel Dixon’s effort out of the top corner.

Simpson then sampled his first action and he was fortunate that George Conway directed his close range header straight into his gloves.

Chances continued to stack up at the other end though, with Blott going close and then Leigh Franks lashing over after a scramble in the box.

The second half crept away at a slower pace in the heat and gusting wind that surrounded Scarborough Rugby Union Club.

Tadcaster went close as the minutes ticked on, Josh Barrett sending a header just past the Boro post.

At the other end Blott collected on the edge of the box and crashed an effort inches wide of the upright.

Mallory, who had been thrush into the midfield for the afternoon, demonstrated his eye for goal with 25 minutes remaining.

Despite being a good 30 yards from goal, Mallory whipped a strike that beat Stevens and settled into the bottom corner of the net.

It should have been two seconds later when Alex Peterson threw himself at a ball from the left, but his header settled in Stevens’ palms.

The keeper could do nothing soon after when Blott spun on the edge of the box and arrowed a sweet drive into the top corner.

There was more to follow, as late-comer Corner benefitted from some good work from Blott and finished neatly.

That was that for a solid afternoon of football, as Boro left the field with their second win of pre-season under their belts, that was also joined by a clean-sheet and a useful performance.