Terrible Boro lose on the road

James Bennett whips in a cross for Boro   Picture by Rhys Howell
James Bennett whips in a cross for Boro Picture by Rhys Howell

Scarborough Athletic had a day to forget on Saturday as they were outplayed on the road at Long Eaton United.

Boro just failed to turn up for the 2-0 defeat, their first in the NCEL Premier this season.

Boss Rudy Funk only made the one change to the team that took Lincoln Moorlands apart just a few days earlier. This saw Joel Ramm slotting in as wing-back in place of Gaz Clayton.

Boro looked a totally different team from Tuesday evening though, for much of the game it proved a difficult task to string just the one pass together.

The minds of the Athletic players seemed still to be on the bus when Long Eaton grabbed the lead after just six minutes of football.

Elliott King took advantage of a static defence and a sliced ball into the box with the striker hooking a volley beyond keeper Steve Wilson.

The travelling support were expecting a response, but it failed to arrive, as Wilson continued to earn his corn for the remainder of the fixture.

In contrast, Boro lacked any cutting edge, with the only real chance of the opening period falling to defender Andy Milne, who planted his header wide.

At the other end Milne almost presented Long Eaton with a second as his misplaced pass was gathered by King. The frontman grazed the wrong side of the post though with his effort.

Words will have been had in the dressing room at the interval, but they made no difference, as Boro conceded just seconds into the new period.

King rounded off a swift Long Eaton attack to slot the ball into the back of the net.

Boss Funk elected to shuffle his pack just before the hour when he took off the largely ineffective James Bennett and introduced Clayton.

This, linked with the arrival of the battling Tom Claisse finally seemed to improve Boro as a unit, but they still struggled to contend with the lively hosts.

Wilson again saved well from Jimmy Hunter and King, while, in Boro’s first proper attacks of the match, Ryan Blott twice struck the side-netting.

Boro did manage to gather some composure in the closing stages, and they could have grabbed a heavily undeserved point.

Tony Hackworth headed wide, Tommy Adams drilled past the post and Robbie Hawkes smashed the ball over the bar.

Then in a last-gasp scramble, Hawkes and Claisse twice saw the ball hacked off the line, as Long Eaton donned their tin hats.

The damage had already been done though and at the final whistle Long Eaton celebrated like cup winners after stunting Boro’s solid start to the new season.