Brilliant Banks accounts for Bridlington

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The form of Ollie Banks paid dividend for Scarborough Athletic on Boxing Day as Rudy Funk’s men left their derby battle against Bridlington Town with all three points.

Banks struck two, but then missed a penalty, as Boro booked a 2-1 success against their landlords.

Football'Scarborough Athletic v Bridlington Town at Queensgate'Boro battle for the balll'Picture by Neil Silk  125209j'26/12/12

Football'Scarborough Athletic v Bridlington Town at Queensgate'Boro battle for the balll'Picture by Neil Silk 125209j'26/12/12

The victory pushed Boro four points clear of their rivals after a very merry Christmas.

You would expect the derby action to be at 100mph from the very beginning, but this wasn’t the case, as both teams spent the first minutes eyeing up their rivals.

In fact, it was scrappy at times, but that was only until a burst of brilliance from enigmatic wide-man Banks that opened the door for Boro.

Banks darted into the box, before his path to goal was blocked by a shove from Tom Fleming.

The youngster brushed himself down and swept the ball into the back of the net.

Bookings littered the opening exchanges, with Brid’s Nathan Cook, Frank Belt and Carl Stewart being given soft cards, as was Boro’s Denton.

There were highlights, as the final acts of the period brought a smattering of half-chances, with Steve Wilson gripping efforts from Brid’s Cook and Ash Allanson, while Mark Wilberforce plucked the ball off the head of Tony Hackworth.

There was bad news at the interval as Davidson’s impressive contribution was brought to an end, though it did allow Beadle his first taste of the Queensgate derby.

It was Beadle’s midfield teammates Tommy Adams and James Bennett, who donned their attacking hats and drove Boro forward.

Adams charged through and picked out Bennett with just the keeper to beat, but his effort was pushed away.

Then roles switched as Bennett teased the ball across the goal-line, but Adams failed to get a toe to the ball.

Denton then exited through injury, but Boro were immediately given a boost, as great approach play and a clever ball from Blott freed up Banks to net his second.

The game caught fire from here, as a lack of cohesion at the back allowed Josh Greening in to make it 2-1.

Banks should have added his third from the spot just seconds later after Blott was felled, but his tame penalty was saved.

Many would have expected this to give Brid a boost, and it did of sorts, but they failed to create the type of chances they needed.

Chris Batchelor’s shot was saved and sub Scott Phillips failed to get on the end of a cross.

But it was Boro who probably came the closest when Bennett was played in. His curling shot was tipped brilliantly away by Wilberforce, but Boro had done enough to make sure of the points and the derby spoils.