Boro see off Pikes in North Riding Cup

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Tom Davie fired Scarborough Athletic into the next round of the North Riding FA Senior Cup on Tuesday night as they swept holders Pickering Town out of the competition.

A reorganised Boro bagged a 2-0 success against a Pickering team filled to the brim with former Athletic players.

Rudy Funk started with Arran Reid in goal and his brother Tom at full-back, while Davie led the line in attack.

Pikering fielded Tony Hackworth, Jimmy Beadle, Josh Greening, Robbie Hawkes and Nathan Cook, all of whom have recently worn the red of Boro.

Pickering almost made an explosive start, Tom Fenwick collecting on the edge of the box and lofting a lob just wide of the post.

Boro were soon in their groove though, Pete Davidson seeing his shot saved and the raiding Davie smashing his shot inches over the Pickering bar.

The first half continued to swing from end to end, but good chances were at a premium.

Just before the interval both keepers had their hands warmed, Boro’s Davie and Pickering’s Joe Danby both having low efforts held.

The new period was also a nip and tuck affair, though the shackles were soon shaken off when Bryan Hughes arrived on the pitch in place of Chris Bolder.

Some neat link-up play freed Davie up for a charge in on goal and he made no mistake from just inside the box.

Things began to worsen for the Pikes when Hackworth took down Davie on the edge of the box. The Pickering man was dismissed for his trouble and Davie bent home a glorious free-kick.

Pickering upped their tempo in the closing stages, but Boro did more than enough to hold on.

Greening had the Pikes’ best chances, dragging his shot across the goal and then dinking over with Reid grounded.

Boro also had their chances, Liam Shapherd poking wide and sub Niall Gibb seeing his shot saved by Myers.

Davie had a chance to wrap up his hat-trick in the final minute, but the damage had already been done.