SCARBOROUGH Athletic under-12s kept going until the end and got their just rewards against Shiptonthorpe last weekend.
Boro went into the game unbeaten at home since October, and were looking to get back on track after a narrow defeat at Beverley the previous Sunday.
The first half was very even, with only one goal, which came the way of the visitors when a freak bounce took the ball over Boro keeper Callum Martin to allow a striker to tap into the net.
The second half featured more goalscoring opportunities, with Boro’s Ross Lazenby and Aidan Thurston going close to an equaliser.
However it was the away side who scored next, a striker following in to score after a driven shot was excellently saved by Martin.
But Boro are made of stern stuff, and continued to battle for a goal, Kyle Richardson and Callum Wray entering the fray and giving more attacking options.
Michael Sawicki also came on as substitute, and if was he who pulled one goal back with just three minutes remaining, tapping home after Lazenby’s shot had been blocked.
This gave the boys confidence and determination to complete the comeback, and they did so in the last minute.
Lazenby jinked into the area and reached the byline. He powerfully centred the ball, which took a touch from a visiting defender and trickled over the line to spark wild scenes of celebration on and off the pitch.
l Boro’s under-16s travelled away to Withernsea, and kept the hunt for the title going with a hard-fought 2-2 draw.
Matty Robinson and Connor Campbell scored the goals for the youngsters, who have a spare weekend this week, before they face three important games at the start of April against rivals third-place Bridlington Rangers Saxons and second-place Barham Boys.