Boro Under-15s dumped out by strong Allstars outfit

Scarborough Athletic Under-15s battle with Polton Allstars
Scarborough Athletic Under-15s battle with Polton Allstars

Scarborough Athletic Under-15s entertained Polton Allstars from Middlesbrough in the first round of the North Riding FA County Cup.

Polton won this trophy last season and they left Bramcote with their chance of a follow up still intact after a deserved 4-1 win.

Athletic's Under-15s started well with Brad Smith going close, but the visitors produced a move of quality on seven minutes to open up the Athletic defence, allowing the Polton striker to sidefoot the the ball past Finlay Marsh in the Athletic goal.

Things would get worse for the home side when Polton went 2-0 up on the quarter-hour.

Athletic kept plugging away and were very unlucky when a Zam Deans piledriver rebounded off the visitors’ crossbar midway through the first half.

At the opposite end Harry Coldbeck had to be alert to clear a through-ball to deny Polton another goalscoring opportunity.

Polton added a third goal just before the half-time whistle to give Athletic a mountain to climb in the second half.

After the interval it was more even despite Polton adding a fourth goal 10 minutes into the half through a long-range effort that rocketed into the top corner, giving Marsh no chance.

Some credit is due to the Athletic boys as they kept on until the final whistle in the driving rain and when a Lewis McGrath effort was saved, Dan Simpson followed up for a consolation goal for Gaz McGrath and Steve Marsh’s side.

There was just time before the final whistle for a Tom Wright free-kick to slip the wrong side of the post.

Polton were worthy 4-1 winners on the day, and will be difficult to beat as the competition progresses.

In very poor conditions Scarborough Athletic Under-13s started well, taking the game to Seamer.

They were rewarded with the opener when Nathan Dolphin latched onto a through-ball just past the halfway line to drill into the bottom corner to give Boro the lead.

Scarborough continued to press and when the ball fell to Aaron Dixon on the edge of the Seamer box he hit a powerful volley to give the keeper no chance and make it 2-0.

Scarborough continued with some neat passing moves and when left-back Alex Swales popped a speculative cross into the box, the wet conditions helped it slip past the keeper to make 3-0.

Dolphin again latched onto a Charlie Wright ball to slot home to make it 4-0 to Athletic at half-time.

The second half kicked off with rain bouncing down and with Scarborough continuing to dominate.

There were several close efforts with one from Dixon coming back off the crossbar, but Scarborough made it safely through to the next round.

Scarborough Athletic Under-12s lost 5-1 to Nunthorpe Juniors.

Boro crashed out the North Riding FA County Cup with a 5-1 defeat.

Athletic started slowly and quickly found themselves two goals down, with the visitors clinical in taking their chances.

It looked like a comeback could be on when Camo MacDonald finished in style from close range to reduce the arrears to 2-1.

But three second-half goals were enough to see Nunthorpe through to the next round.