SCARBOROUGH Athletic Reserves made it five games unbeaten with a hard earned point against a strong Brandesburton outfit.
For neutral onlookers the game would have been great to watch with high tempo play and exciting football in a game that included late drama and sendings off to boot.
Both Athletic and Brandesburton have been much improved of late and came into the game in fifth and sixth place respectively.
It was the visitors who drew first blood when the ball wasn’t cleared properly and Stephen Cooke poked in from close range.
Boro had started nervously and further attacks caused the team problems as Brandesburton didn’t allow Boro to settle.
Former Tadcaster striker Bruno Holden was causing problems with his physical presence for the away side.
However the young Athletic side, who over the course of the season, have started to learn to keep tight in these periods, should have been level after 20 minutes when James Webb fired wide.
Gareth Sygrove, playing in his first full start, was looking sharp and his thunderous free-kick was brilliantly saved by former Scarborough YTS keeper, Nathan Otley.
Otley denied Callum Reid shortly after, palming his stinging effort away.
With Boro trailing at 1-0 at half-time it was important they picked things up, and a spirited second half performance saw them do just that.
James Palmer, playing in a more central role, helped galvanise the midfield.
His free-kick was headed down by Jordan Parrett only for blocks to deny Sygrove and Wilf Dinsdale.
Then Dom Richardson strode froward from left-back and his 30-yard drive was superbly saved by Otley again as it was destined for the top corner.
Brandesburton hit a few close shots from distance but Jordan Parrett in particular stood out solid at the back for Boro.
Boro then made three changes, bringing on Luke Foster, Huw Attwood and former Brandesburton striker John Price.
Foster was the first to threaten as some great skill saw him volley at goal, again Otley was in the way, then Price struck the post with a rasping effort.
With time running out Palmer played in Price and his pace took him away down the right.
His whipped cross found Gareth Sygrove, but as the striker was ready to tap in the unlucky Brandesburton defender did just that for him.
Moments later Brandesburton manager Dave Ingram was sent off for remonstrating with officials for a foul in the build-up, both benches involved in a heated exchange that showed the passion from both sets of teams.
Neither team could force a winner, however young Boro striker Attwood was taken to hospital with a fractured arm after the match.
Boro stay fifth and are now only four points off second place in the Humber Premier Division One.
Boro travel to Driffield Evening Institute on Saturday as they look to maintain their run of form.
Marc Wain, Momadu Sonko, Dom Richardson, Ben Slade (off 60 for John Price), Jordan Parrett, Adam Ykhlef, James Palmer, Wilf Dinsdale, James Webb (off 70 for Huw Attwood), Gareth Sygrove, Callum Reid (off 55 for Luke Foster), Luke Foster, Huw Attwood, John Price