Double win keeps Boro Reserves in contention

Eric Hall was on scoring form for Boro Reserves against Hedon and Pinefleet
Eric Hall was on scoring form for Boro Reserves against Hedon and Pinefleet

Boro Reserves made it nine wins on the bounce with a 3-2 success at Hedon on Saturday and a 2-0 win against Pinefleet Wolfreton on Tuesday.

The win on Saturday was a crucial one as Hedon are second, while the midweek victory at Queensgate also maintained their push for promotion from Hunber Premier League division.

Eric Hall and Joe Hart were on target for Boro in the home win on Tuesday.

The opener was prompted by a great burst from the centre of defence by Carl Hepples, his pace threaded through the Pinefleet defence and the striker then smashed in a low shot past the visiting keeper.

Hart headed in the second goal on 65 minutes from an inswinging Dom Richardson corner.

Carl Hepples and his brother, midfielder Gary Hepples performed well for the hosts, who could have easily won 6-0 based on clear-cut chances.

On Saturday, with much at stake for both teams, the opening minutes were hesitant.

The first chance for Boro did not fall until the 10th minute, Hart pressurising the defence and after winning the ball his shot was deflected wide for a corner.

At the other end Hedon danger-man Daniel Clancy was making some intelligent runs breaking down the left only for his cross to elude everyone.

Boro took the lead on 20 minutes. Again pressure from Hart and Dan Baldry caused panic at the back and Baldry found himself one on one, he rounded the keeper and unselfishly chose to square with Hall on hand to fire home.

The goal had been coming, but did not take away that Boro were looking a little shaky at the back and it proved costly five minutes later as the ball was lost in midfield allowing Clancy to thread a delicate pass into the area.

Young centre-half Adam Ykhlef’s mistimed his challenge leaving referee John Blades no choice but to award a penalty. It was dispatched well into the bottom corner giving Rory Skelton no chance.

The game was now end to end Boro however with only a Hart shot, that flew wide, it was going to take a moment of brilliance to break the deadlock, and Hall did just that.

Receiving the ball down the right he checked onto his left and bent in a beautiful strike with his left into the far corner from fully 25 yards, which had everyone watching applauding.

It was his 26th goal of the campaign just when Boro needed it five minutes before the break.

At half-time Boro brought on experience Mike McNaughton to tighten up the defence and this had the desired effect as for the first 10 minutes of the second half it was all Boro.

The game turned on one decision by the referee. Gary Hepples played an exquisite pass through the defence and Hall raced through one on one only for Blades to call offside, with Hall appearing to be onside by three or four yards.

Hedon sent in the resulting free-kick and a scramble saw Skelton save well only for the rebound to be stabbed home.

This shook Boro and Hedon had a good spell of pressure forcing a succession of corners and free-kicks but rarely tested Skelton as the defence held strong and Boro managed to get a foothold again in the match.

With 15 minutes left Boro found the winner. Gibb won a throw deep in the Hedon half and Gary Hepples launched in a trademark long throw for Hart to head powerfully home for his third goal in a Boro shirt.

That led for a frantic finale with Hedon pushing forward , Carl Hepples was alert to head away a dangerous cross and at the other end Gibb fired wide when well placed but Boro held firm to record a great victory at their promotion rivals.

On Saturday, Steve Brennan’s team will be up against North Ferriby Athletic at Filey Community Sports ground, 2pm ko, followed by a trip to tackle Pinefleet Wolfreton on Wednesday May 1, 6.45pm ko.

Boro Reserves then play host to Driffield JFC at Filey on Wednesday May 8, and on Saturday May 11 Long Riston make the trip north to face Athletic.

Boro Reserves’ penultimate league game is at home to current division one pacesetters Goole United on Tuesday May 14 at Queensgate, the final game coming two days later at Filey against Driffield Evening Institute.