Scarborough Town were held on home turf by Pocklington Town in a Humber Premier clash that finished 2-2.
Town were missing a number of players through injury or unavailability, so manager Shaun Rennison played his first game of the season at the heart of the defence and Matty Forsyth made his full debut in the Town midfield.
The visitors were the first to show, with Kalum Horne hitting a dangerous cross low across the Town goalmouth and Rob Clark having to move quickly to grab another cross from the left. However a foul on Jamie Bradshaw led to a chance for Ben Luntley which was headed away for a corner, then Sean Exley volleyed goalwards but too close to keeper Rob Kunkel.
Town seemed to have gone ahead after 9 minutes when Jamie Patterson played a through ball and Luntley tussled with a defender before hitting the ball past Kunkel. Although the referee was well-positioned and seemed happy to give a goal, his assistant flagged for a foul by Luntley and the strike was disallowed.
Pocklington’s first corner gave Town a few anxious moments before they could get the ball clear, but at the other end another astute Patterson pass put Luntley away and as he controlled the ball it struck a defender’s hand to earn a penalty which was a little harsh on the visitors. However Patterson stepped up and converted without fuss to put Town 1-0 ahead.
Town enjoyed a good spell of pressure which saw Pocklington unable to make a telling clearance, and as the action returned to the goalmouth Baz Gill brought the ball down for Exley to hammer into the net to double Town’s lead after 22 minutes.
A substitution saw Pocklington bring on striker Dan Boneham, and as the Town defence hesitated to close him down he hit an excellent effort into the bottom corner to reduce the deficit on 32 minutes. A long throw from Ricky Nock was flicked on to Bradshaw who hit the ball well but was denied by a super save from Kunkel. At the other end Andy Anderson volleyed Mark Watkinson’s cross over the bar, but Kunkel needed all his agility once again to get down low and tip an Exley effort around the post.
Early in the second half Exley’s low effort was saved again by Kunkel, but most of the action took place in a congested midfield area where a number of niggly fouls led to tetchy verbal exchanges between opponents. Pocklington’s best move of the game ended with Tom Rogers hitting the ball just over the Town crossbar, and by this stage Town’s attacks were becoming more sporadic as they failed to work openings in the visiting defence which was superbly marshalled by Stu Lawson.
Good interplay between Patterson, Exley and Nock earned Town a rare corner, and when the ball was half-cleared Exley volleyed the ball sweetly goalwards but marginally too high. Town substitute Shane Holt was a lively presence and forced Kunkel into diving twice at the youngster’s feet, but just as Town looked to be holding out for three points the ball was driven across goal from the left and turned in by James Haigh to make the score 2-2 after 87 minutes. There were chances at both ends as the referee played five minutes of added time, and 16-year-old substitute Jackson Jowett showed some sparkle on his debut but in the end a draw was a fair result which keeps both teams handily-placed in the league table.
Town: Clark, Nock, Pickles, Rennison (Jowett 77), Gill, Smart, Exley, Patterson, Luntley, Bradshaw (Holt 75), Forsyth.