It isn’t often you see a game between two promotion chasers finish in such convincing fashion.
But goals from Scarborough Athletic’s swashbuckling trio of Jimmy Beadle, Ryan Blott and Gary Bradshaw proved too much for Farsley as Boro recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Not only did Boro sweep their opponents aside, but they also leapfrogged the West Yorkshire outfit, jumping up to fourth in the Evo-Stik North table.
Having fielded a mixed up side in the midweek cup win, boss Rudy Funk opted for strength, throwing out the team that beat Ossett Town seven days earlier.
And the 388 fans in Boro’s Queensgate fortress were treated to a powerful and confident performance that left Farsley resorting to the type of tactics that gave referee Matt McGrath a stiff examination.
Tadcaster target Blott showed that the speculation hadn’t affected his game as he cruised through the fixture with consummate ease.
It was Blott’s neat touch in the 13th minute that fed the goal hungry Beadle in the box, the midfielder gobling up the chance with a calm finish.
Prior to this Farsley had offered some threat, with the pace of Adam Priestley and Marcus Edwards giving the Boro defence a headache or two.
Edwards drew the first card of the day out of Mr McGrath’s pocket when his jig towards the box was ended by a Ben Middleton challenge.
Boro keeper Jason White showed assured hands when he twice denied Lewis Nightingale.
At the other end Blott struck a sharp volley into the side netting and then arrowed a strike just wide of Tom Taylor’s upright.
It was third time lucky for Blott when he squirmed free on the edge of the area and rolled the ball into the bottom corner with 43 minutes on the clock.
That was the last act of an eventful first half, and Boro could have strengthened their hold minutes into the new period.
Bradshaw lifted a shot over the bar and Blott tested the resistance of keeper Taylor from just inside the box.
Taylor’s opposite number White also demonstrated his form when Edwards charged through on goal. Edwards opted to round the stopper, but White’s quick hands stole the ball from his toe and ended the threat.
White could do nothing just after the hour when some sustained Farsley pressure trimmed the lead back to one.
Paul Robson twice cleared off his own line before Edwards nipped in to stab the ball through a crowd and into the net.
The gap was once again widened in double-quick time, as Bradshaw stole in to divert a cross from the right past a static Taylor.
Tempers soon began to flare as a string of unpleasant challenges from Farsley began to get under Boro’s skin.
An awful lunge on Blott led to a 20-man brawl, which closed with a yellow being awarded to sub Lewis Morgan.
Another horrible foul on Blott sparked more fury, but that tackle went unpunished.
This unpalatable finish to the match left something of a sour taste in the mouth, but it took little away from another sweet victory for Boro.