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Boro hit back for Moors draw

Scarborough Athletic showed their pre-season credentials in battling their way to a 2-2 draw at home to Conference North side Spennymoor Town on Saturday.

While the East Coast sizzled, Boro kept their cool to fight back from two goals down and snatch a draw.

Boro report

Boro report

After a slow start to the first half, things didn't really go according to plan for Steve Kittrick's men.

Boro had the occasion sniff of goal, the earliest seeing Wayne Brooksby drawing a solid save out of Moors keeper Matt Gould.

It was the visitors who took the lead though, after Boro's new-look defence was carved open by a Shane Henry throughball.

Rob Ramshaw took full advantage and lifted it delightfully over the top of Tommy Taylor and into the net.

The lead was doubled on the half-hour following a mix-up on the Boro right. The ball was fed into Glen Taylor, who wasted no time in lashing the ball beyond Taylor's despairing dive.

After watching Spennymoor install a two-goal cushion, Boro soon went about trying to remove it.

Will Annan saw his effort tipped over by keeper Matt Gould, then Josh Lacey had a wicked strike from out wide pushed to safety by the visiting custodian.

Boro did manage to trim the lead back at the beginning of the second half, Annan meeting a Michael Coulson delivery to the far post and converting his third of pre-season.

And after a trio of changes, with Nathan Valentine, James Cadman and Bailey Gooda coming on, Boro managed to restore parity.

A free-kick was won 25 yards from goal and in typical fashion Coulson lifted it delightfully into the top corner of the net.

The searing heat took control after this, with both teams, despite further substitutions, tiring.

Some of the football was still fluid, as the teams looked to impress the crowd, but the chances dried up and the full-time whistle was blown with the score all level.