Boro hit the Rep Team for six

Gary Thomas gets to grips with Michael Coulson
Gary Thomas gets to grips with Michael Coulson

Scarborough Athletic took the bragging rights in comfortable fashion on Tuesday night, beating the Scarborough Saturday League Rep Team 6-0 at Silver Royd.

In Boro's opening friendly, they controlled the fixture from the off and limited their opponents to little or nothing for the entire 90 minutes.

The Evo-Stik Premier line-up took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first half, pulling well clear of a local league side, hurt by a number of late omissions.

Keeper Mark Wain hardly had time to throw down his water bottle when he was needed to pick a swirling Michael Coulson free-kick out of the back of the net.

Boro maintained the pressure after this, with the Scarborough Rep Team being given very few scraps to feed their attackers on.

James Cadman was denied at the far post by a Wain save and he looked to have fluffed his lines again when his scuffed shot was pushed away, but Will Annan sneaked in to sweep home the second of the night.

Coulson came close to doubling his own tally, having an effort deflected wide after rounding the keeper and then dinking just over the bar.

Annan had no problem in adding to his account though, bursting past a static defence and rolling home Boro's third of the evening on the half-hour.

Boro made it four right on half-time, with Nathan Valentine popping up a few yards from goal to end a melee in jubilant fashion.

Annan came so close to wrapping up his hat-trick minutes after the re-start, the winger dancing through and rounding the keeper, but rather than lifting into an open net he frustratingly found the side-netting.

A tough couple of minutes followed for both sides, with Boro full-back Jack Johnson retreating to the changing room with a damaged shoulder. Then the Rep Team's Liam Cooper had to go off with injury.

Boro recovered the better from this and James Walshaw, having only arrived on the pitch minutes earlier, volleyed home Boro's fifth from four yards after good work from Wayne Brooksby.

The lively Luke Jones tried to take the pressure off the Rep Team with a handful of dancing runs, but the waves of Boro pressing continued to pound.

Jimmy Beadle twice went close with a drive from distance and a flicked header, then fellow local lad Jackson Jowett saw a sweet drive tipped away by the overworked Wain.

The Rep Team keeper was finally beaten for a sixth time when Brooksby drilled home after some fine approach play from Annan, Jowett and Walshaw.

Jowett then almost scored the goal that he deserved, when taking a Beadle flick and volleying it just wide, but the six proved to be enough as Boro started with a bang.