Scarborough Athletic began their NCE League premier division season on Saturday with a victory, thanks in the main to a strong captain’s performance from Tony Hackworth.
The former Scarborough FC striker, now a central midfielder, scored twice as his side rallied to come back from 2-1 down at half-time to take three points against Parkgate - the final score 4-2.
Hackworth, playing his first competitive game for a Scarborough side since scoring the winning goal in the former club’s final game at Hucknall in 2007, said he was pleased with the way the side battled back.
He said: “We struggled in the first half really, everyone could see that, and Parkgate took advantage with the problems we were having with the formation.
“But we sorted things out at half-time, and to be honest in the second half we battered them.
“We stood up to the plate and were a different side after the break. We fully deserved the win.”
It was a personal triumph for Hackworth also, netting twice to put Boro ahead, before playing in Joel Hartley for the fourth in injury time.
“It was pleasing to get two goals, not just for me but to also get us back in the match.
“For the first I just sat it up to the far post and it dropped in. It was definitely mine though as it was over the line before Graham Botham touched it.
“Space just opened up for me for the second goal so I thought why not just hit it. I caught it well and it went in off the post.”
Hackworth believes Boro must now continue their form, going into the next game away at Tadcaster this Saturday.
“We need to keep going and not just be satisfied with one win. It counts for nothing if we go and lose the next couple.
“The momentum is with us and we need to let the other teams know that we mean business.
“We have a great squad of players, with others to come back in as well who missed Saturday.
“The fans were brilliant as well, and we need them to stay behind us.
“Their presence and noise really spurred us on in the second half against Parkgate, and they can play a big part in the season aswell.”
Boro now look forward to a midweek off for the first time in five weeks, after a busy pre-season schedule.
They then face two away matches. At Tadcaster Albion this Saturday, Ryan Blott and Joe Naylor are available for selection once again.
A league cup tie at Bottesford follows on Wednesday August 17, which will be the final game of bans for Gary Hepples and Matt Draper.
The following weekend sees a return to Queensgate, in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round with the opposition being Hallam, with Boro looking to progress to a home tie against either Barton Town or landlords Bridlington Town in the next round.