ARMTHORPE felt the full force of the brilliant Ryan Blott on Saturday, as the striker helped Scarborough Athletic to a powerful victory.
Blott struck five times in Boro’s last home outing of the season, giving the Queensgate fans a real treat.
It was just one of those days when everything went right for the frontman, and he was aided by a fine Boro performance right across the park.
Armthorpe were stunned as early as the ninth minute, when Bill Law sent Curtis Bernard in on goal.
The frontman dinked the ball beyond keeper Jamie Green, who took down Bernard with a clumsy lurch.
Blott stepped up and struck the penalty, which squirmed beyond Green’s grasp and nestled in the net.
Boro continued to press, though they failed to test the Armthorpe back-line for a second time.
That was until the 24th minute, when Blott once again showed his golden touch.
Winger Chris Hewitt picked him out in the box, the control was delightful and the finish into the corner of the net matched it.
That wrapped up the goalscoring in the first half, though Boro continued to raid.
Hewitt whipped a vicious ball across the face of the goal, then Bernard planted an angled header just wide.
Law also went close when he ran onto a Bernard cross, but his volley sailed just over the bar.
Armthorpe did finally launch the odd attack, but the efforts of Aaron Jones and Henry Sibenge were off target.
Boro made the perfect start to the second half, and it was a clinical third from Blott that sealed the points.
The attacker collected 25 yards from goal and pulled the trigger on a vicious strike that arrowed home.
This goal sparked a quick-fire trio, that left Armthorpe totally stunned.
Four minutes later Law broke free on the left and picked out Blott, who smashed beyond Green for his fourth.
Blott then completed his nap hand in the 56th minute, crashing the ball past Green at his second attempt.
Boss Rudy Funk turned his attentions to youth after this when introducing Wilf Dinsdale and Luke Foster for the latter stages.
Foster almost made an immediate impact, breaking clear on the left, but seeing his cross blocked by Green when Bernard was unmarked at the far post.
Bernard wasn’t going to be denied though, as he finally managed to grab his goal with seven minutes remaining.
Hewitt’s shot slipped through the grasp of Green and bounced off the bar. Bernard was on hand to nod the ball home past an embarrassed keeper.
Blott almost completed a double hat-trick in the final few minutes, but his stinging drive smacked against the wall behind the goal instead of hitting the net.
The six goals were enough though to cap a superb display, that does bode very well when Boro’s next NCEL adventure kicks off in August.