Pickering power past poor Boro

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IT was a day of hype for Scarborough Athletic, but dreams of a derby-day success were soon swept away by a clinical Pickering Town side.

Rudy Funk’s arrival didn’t just bring the fake moustaches to Mill Lane, but also a new positivity was spread lightly around the visiting supporters.

Things were never going to be easy for Boro, as striker Ryan Blott, who had carried Athletic on an attacking front for most of the season, was ruled out through suspension.

But they were also met by a wall of focus from the Pikes, who didn’t give an inch all afternoon.

It took Pickering just seven minutes before they inserted the first derby dagger.

The majestic Ged Dalton glided past Graham Botham on the right, before rolling the ball under Tom Woodhead and into the net.

A glorious ball from Nathan Cook almost created a second, but Lyle Hillier smashed over when well placed.

The game was only 11 minutes old when Pickering did add a second, as Josh Greening latched onto another neat move to pick out the bottom corner.

Dalton did shake off his marker once again in the moments that followed, but the effort sailed just wide.

Nick McNamara, who returned to the Boro line-up after injury, was probably Boro’s biggest threat, and he had the visitors’ best chance of the first half, as his header from a Belt free-kick was scooped away.

Former Boro attacker Billy Logan smashed just over, before Pickering’s third goal did materialise just before the break.

Dalton lobbed Josh Greening through on goal. Josh Clayton made a saving tackle, but a combination of Clayton, Denny Ingram and McNamara proceeded to fell Greening in the box.

Nathan Cook smashed home the resulting spot-kick.

The new manager’s talk did give Boro some second-half verve, with McNamara hitting the post and Chris Jenkinson stinging the bar in the opening moments.

Any dreams of a comeback were then dashed, as a fourth Pickering goal wrapped up the game.

Ingram blocked the dancing run of fellow George Pindar workmate Dalton, and referee Ian Patton pointed at the spot. Nathan Cook once again clinically slotted home.

Dalton could have added his second seconds later, when charged clear, but Woodhead saved well.

The Boro keeper had no chance after 68 minutes, when Logan gloriously gathered a pass and struck beautifully into the top corner.

Boro did finally edge into the game in the latter stages, but by that time it was long gone.

Sub James Webb saw his header sail over, while drives from both Bill Law and McNamara were held by an underworked Rob Clark.