Boro cling on for away-day point at Droylsden

Boro report
Boro report

Scarborough Athletic hung on for a 2-2 draw on the road at Droylsden on Saturday.

Despite twice taking the lead in the game, Boro were left fighting for a point as the Bloods went for the kill in the closing stages.

Boro had done their homework prior to the game, as they were aware that Droylsden liked to get the ball down and play out from the back.

The visitors countered this by playing three up top and pressing their opponents into making mistakes.

This worked in the first half,despite a few teething problems at the back.

Droylsden will have felt hard done to in the very first minute though, as Liam Caddick was felled in the box by Jameel Ible, but referee Mr Birkerdike gave a free-kick on the edge, which came to nothing.

Striker Benny Igiehon was soon became the focal point of the Boro attack, he was unlucky with a shot that just sailed over and a close-range toe poke from a Carl Stewart cross, which cleared the stand behind the goal.

There were then a couple of near misses, with Stephen Lewis' drive fizzing wide, then Boro debut boy Jordan Harrison hitting a low effort just past the home post at the other end.

Igiehon finally found his range just after the half-hour, though he did get a little lucky.

The frontman's shot from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection and it looped in over keeper James Coates and into the goal to make it 1-0.

Stewart could have doubled the lead seconds later, though his effort was brilliantly clawed away by the home keeper.

Caddick should probably have levelled just before the break when he was sent clear inside the box, but he picked out the safe hands of Jordan Porter instead of the back of the net.

Boro made an enforced change at the interval, with David Brown arriving for the injured Stewart.

But it was the home strikers who had their tails up when the play got underway.

It took Droylsden just a couple of minutes to level, Adam Farrell looping a far-post header into the net.

Boro restored their cushion just seconds later, as Brown rampaged free on the left, cut inside and finished neatly.

Ible came close to making it 3-1, but his header was cleared off the line.

Droylsden were not beaten though, and they levelled up for a second time just before the hour from the spot.

Sub Callum Terrell was adjudged to have fouled Caddick in the box, Lewis swept home the penalty.

More worrying moments followed for Boro, with Porter saving well from Farrell, then the same player saw his effort smack against the inside of the post and bounce away.

A big flashpoint followed, as Bloor and Lewis went in for a 50-50 challenge. Bloor took offence to something, but then went down after what appeared to be a headbutt from the Droylsden man.

Not for the first time, the ref made a dubious decision, booking both players for their part in the scuffle.

Boro had Ible to thank in the closing stages as Droylsden pushed on. He made two vital clearances from Domaine Rouse drives, he also made a number of hugely important tackles in and around the Boro box.

The visitors gritted their teeth, hung on for the draw to make sure they left Tameside with a share of the spoils.